A flamboyant young politician from Bungoma County Moses Nandalwe fondly referred to as Aliko Dangote by his supporters, caused a stir in Nairobi on Wednesday when his convoy of sleek cars snaked through the CBD.
Nandalwe is known for his humble demeanour, moulded over time from very humble background down in the slopes and rich land of a sleepy village in Sirisia constituency.
The budding politician cum philanthropist who sharpened his political claws at Kenyatta University while he served as a student leader, has awakened the whole of Russia village, where he was born.
Aliko Dangote first hit the national news headlines in 2007 when led one of the largest and vicious students’ protest as he agitated for various rights of university students.
His abrasive politics rubbed the university administration the wrong way and eventually played cat and mouse games with police and later arrested and thrown behind bars for a worthy cause.
He did not stop. He would for years be in trouble with the police who had earmarked him as a pain in their flesh probably on advice of the university administration.
Fast forward, he took on political heavyweights in the country when he challenged NASA co-principal and Ford Kenya leader who was then Sirisia MP Moses Wetang’ula. Many thought he had taken a joke way too far.
Fast forward again and in 2017, Nandwale would share a forum with the doyen of Kenyan politics Raila Odinga as he took the fight to the doorsteps of John Waluke who had ditched ODM for Jubilee. The fight was akin to the Biblical David and Goliath.
Even though he was rejected at the ballot, he did not throw in the towel and curse the locals for chewing his money but instead, thanked them by throwing a bash that lasted for almost a week besides donating Christmas gifts to them.
He paid school fees for over 60 school going children in various institutions totalling to over Sh 1 million and another Sh500000 on community development projects including renovation of churches.
He has come to the rescue of the sick who needed urgent medical aid and where he did not give money, he showered them with love by visiting them at their hospital beds to assure them that everything would be fine.
The culmination of all these events was the show of might and opulence as he stormed the Capital headed to the NGOs Coordination Board to officially register the Moses Nandalwe Foundation.
Now the Foundation has the blessings of the State to undertake all activities under its mandate without fear of looking over the shoulder.
This only means the people of Sirisia have something to smile at and be happy as an office at Russia village is now in operation with the full backing of the law.