Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu left online users in stitches on Tuesday, December 11, when he launched a Christmas tree at his office in Kiambu.
A picture of Mr Waititu donning a synthetic white beard and headgear in a bid to resemble legendary Christmas season figure, Santa Claus, had the Internet users questioning who advised the county chief.
The synthetic beard – in a rather amusing look – completely covers his mouth and misses the base of his nose by just a few millimeters. That space, online users joked, was left for him to breathe.
The governor’s choice of attire was also questioned by a section of Facebook and Twitter users.
Mr Waititu sported a checked coat, a navy blue pair of official trousers, a light blue shirt and a red necktie – a combination, which many online users said was colour-clashing in a legendary fashion.
Away from that, the governor launched a Christmas tree ahead of the holiday celebrated on December 25.
In an invitation card sent to people he wished would attend the function, including journalists, Mr Waititu wrote on the card titled: “Kiambu Governor’s Christmas Tree”: “Join HE Governor Ferdinand Waititu in supporting deserving Children homes in Kiambu County donate foodstuffs, blankets, sanitary pads, clothes, toys, cash and other gifts.”
A good message on the card, but what stood out for people, who came across Mr Waititu’s picture, was his look.
Twitter user Swalleh Ndeda said: “The Kiambu Santa is so uninspiring.”
Shyko Joan said: “[My Kiambu relatives], can you stop telling people where I come from [because I am embarrassed].”
Judy Atieno said: “[Watu wa Kiambu], tuwache kudandia culture za wenyewe ovyo ovyo.”
Njoro Munene said: “Santa Clown, Waititu, nahama Kiambu haki.”
Martin Ngugi said: “You really cannot fake mediocrity; it is inborn.”
Mzee Nangu said: “Someone stop Waititu.”
Santa Claus is a legendary figure originating in Western Christian culture who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved children on Christmas Eve and the early morning hours of Christmas Day.