After the death of the third president of Kenya Emilio Mwai Kibaki, Sam Njau Gicheru caught the attention of Kenyans.
This is because of his striking resemblance with the former president and one would say would think that they are twins.
Sam, who comes from president Uhuru Kenyatta’s backyard, Gatundu, however did not always look like the late Mwai Kibaki.
The resemblance came not so long ago thanks to the covid-19 pandemic. Due to the fear of covid and restriction of movement, the shut down of businesses and among other effects of the pandemic, Sam stayed for a while without shaving his hair.
“This issue of looking like Kibaki is a recent thing when Covid came. All my years I used to shave all my hair so we did not look alike even when you would meet me with a cap on and mask, I was a normal person but when I remove them that is when you see that,” Sam said in an interview with Citizen TV.
One day he visited a supermarket with his grown hair and he heard someone referring to him as Kibaki.
“That continued, after a week, I would hear people calling me Kibaki, when I pass in town I just hear Emilio,” Sam said.
The businessman not only looks like Kibaki, but he is also able to imitate how he used to speak.
Aside from that, his one and only wife of 35 years is also called Lucy. The couple has two children who are now married.
Furthermore, Sam has also tried his luck in politics at the time when Kibaki was vying for president but was not successful. His rival, former Kiambu mayor defeated him with only 43 votes
Another shocking thing is that he also got in an accident around the same time Kibaki encountered one and was also confined to a wheelchair for some months.
“I contested for the councilor’s seat when Kibaki was vying for presidency and when he got involved in an accident, the same week, I was also involved in one and I was on a wheelchair for 6 months,” Sam said.
He was among the people who trooped the parliament to give Kibaki their final respect.
“I had not put on a cap, I am used to putting on the cap to avoid many questions and attention. When I went to see the old man, I saw all the cameras focusing on me,” he said.
At the National Assembly, some thought he was Kibaki’s twin while others thought that maybe Kibaki had resurrected and they wanted to take photos with him.
On the other hand Lucy said that Sam loves Kibaki so much and their family is amazed by how he behaves like him.