Kenyans of all works of life are making sure to exercise their right to vote today as the country decides its future.
No one has been left out of the voting process with even the very elderly making sure to cast their ballot. This also applied to one John Nyakundi who appeared at the polling station with his oxygen tank.
Voters in Dandora Primary school polling station were wowed when Mr. Nyakundi waited in line with his oxygen tank to vote.
The 53-year-old man is said to be suffering from a terminal lung disease for over two years. The disease requires him to be on oxygen therapy to survive. He also has an oxygen concentrator in his house to ease the burden of hospital bills.
“By exercising my democratic right through voting, I hope the person of my choice wins hence help in paying for my medication which has left me in a desperate condition,” said the ailing man.
No one would hold it against him if he did not turn out to exercise his right to vote today but his hope for a better Kenya drove him out of bed to make sure his voice is heard.
Mr. Nyakundi made his way home after voting in full spirit but that was not the case for another registered voter in Kisumu.
A man identified as Patrick Atindo collapsed and died after voting at Lela Primary School polling station in Kisumu County.
Atindo was taken to Ahero Sub-County Hospital after complaining of chest pains when he came out of the polling booth.
His wife, Mary Atinda, who accompanied him to vote said she was shocked to hear her husband collapsed.
“We were in different polling rooms. I finished earlier and left him in line waiting to vote, only to be called later and told that he had collapsed,” said Mrs. Atinda.
According to their son, Silvanus Ouma, medical attendants at Ahero carried out a series of tests on the man but could not identify what he suffered from.
“As we were waiting for the results outside, we got the news that our father was no more,” he said.
He said his father had not given any sign of ailment before. He woke up at 5 a.m this morning very energetic to participate in the General Election.
The body of the 64-year-old man has been moved to Ahero Sub-County Mortuary where it awaits post-mortem investigations.