Nairobi County deputy governor Polycarp Igathe came face to face with the rate of unemployment in Mathare slums in Nairobi.
A hawk-eyed photographer captured the contrast as Igathe stared across the Nairobi River as boiling drums of chang’aa rumbled away in broad daylight.
The unfazed youth making the brew looked on at the unfamiliar guests at the black riverbank overflowing with sewage and went on with their business.
The groups were probably unaware or unperturbed that the man staring at them is second in powerful man in the city and that chang’aa brewing is illegal.
When the duo of Governor Mike Sonko and his deputy Polycarp Igathe promised to relook into the situation of Nairobi on the campaign trail, they knew they had their hands full from day one.
This is what Governor Sonko’s deputy came face to face after he made a tour of Mathare on Saturday.
Whatever the case might be, Igathe’s to-do list probably got longer as he went back to City Hall as the ‘Mathare chang’aa distillers’ choked their fires more.
Mathare is one of the Kenya’s growing slums and was at the centre stage after the August 8 general election when residents engaged police in running battles.