What my gift of sugarcane to president Kenyatta meant, granny explains


President Kenyatta receives a gift from Njeri. Photo/PSCU
President Kenyatta receives a gift from Njeri. Photo/PSCU

“Come see my photo with the president,” the 80-year-old woman who gave president Uhuru Kenyatta sugarcane could not hide her pride, showing off her photo with the president to her neighbours.

She had walked over one kilometre to her farm to harvest the sugar cane with the intention of gifting it to the head of state.

Njeri wa Kamau tells Citizen TV that she has never before seen a head of state visiting the village in all her years, and could never have dreamt of seeing it.

“I thought to myself that I needed to give him something, but I didn’t know what. I finally decided to give him sugarcane from my shamba, but when I tried the security men would not let me get near him,” she narrates.

She says she felt sad when she could not give her gift to the president, and sat back.

But lucky for her, the president passed near where she was seated, and she found her way to him and gave him her treasured gift.

“I told him to take the sugarcane and share it with Ngina, and to tell his mother to receive greetings from me,” she said.

Whether or not her gift was delivered to Mama Ngina, Njeri is happy to have greeted the president by hand.

“Me, Njeri, I held the president’s hand in mine? Thank you God,” she said.

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