When Cyrus Wanjeru Wachira cycled all the way from Nakuru to Nairobi to deliver a statue of President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, he was in high spirits.
His journey took him five days to the city.
But upon arrival, it dawned on him that it was not going to be a walk in the park. He did not follow any protocol, such as booking an appointment and wasn’t aware that Uhuru was away enjoying his holiday in Mombasa.
However, he left the Sh100, 000 gift with the security at Harambee House, hoping the president will receive it.
“I left Nakuru on January 1 and arrived in Nairobi on 5th. I was forced to cycle between State House and Harambee House, where the security couldn’t allow me in. The statue means a lot. It is made of old slippers, wire mesh, special gum, and paints, among other small stuff for finishing. I’ve been working on it for two and half years,” Wachira told The Nairobian.
The father of four says the statue weighs around 100 kilograms and includes a special chariot that also carries a small statue of marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge.
“Kipchoge’s statue is a bit small. I crafted it because of his exemplary performance and because he and the First Lady are behind the Beyond Zero marathon,” he explained, adding that, “The chariot and the statue seat also took me some time to design. It also has a loudspeaker.”
Wachira, who has never stepped into any art school says he has specialized in recycling plastics and making sculptures, which he hawks in Nakuru.
“Staying in Nairobi was not easy because I’m not familiar with the city, but this was a free gift to the president. I left it at his office in town to go back and fend for my children. I’m sure he will be happy when he gets it.”