George Wajackoyah’s pledge to harvest and sell hyena testicles cost the presidential candidate a win in the elections, according to Roots Party spokesperson Wilson Muirania Gathoni alias Jaymo Ule Msee.
Wajackoyah came a distant third in the August 9, 2022 presidential race with only 61,969 votes (0.44 per cent).
The Roots Party candidate was defeated by William Ruto of UDA, who got 7.18 million votes (50.49 per cent) and Raila Odinga of Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya, who polled 6.94 million votes.
The presidential candidate said the three trade areas would raise trillions of shillings for Kenya as the two “products” would be sold to foreign nations for medicinal purposes.
Speaking on a local radio station Wednesday morning, Jaymo Ule Msee, whose real name is Wilson Muirania Gathoni, said the hyena testicles pledge made Wajackoyah lose a significant number of votes.
“The hyena testicles pledge affected us a lot. It cost us the votes,” Jaymo said.
“When Wajackoyah explained the parts’ prices, many people stopped taking his candidature seriously,” said Jaymo.
The activists further said hyenas, who are scavengers, play an important role in the ecosystem.
Jaymo Ule Msee said Wajackoyah’s hyena pledge shouldn’t have been understood in its literal sense.
“We did not get the chance to explain to Kenyans what we really meant,” he said.
“What Wajackoyah meant, was that Kenya is a rich country that has the potential of producing a lot of products and exporting them to developed nations. The proceeds would help us offset our debts,” he added.
A split with the Roots party has since emerged with Wajackoya’s former running mate Justina Wamai appearing to gravitate towards William Ruto led Kenya Kwanza Coalition.