The fortunes of Michael Njogo Gitonga, the Kenyan man who has become an internet sensation over his striking resemblance to President Kenyatta, appear to have changed overnight.
The man was reportedly gifted a brand new vehicle by Maridady Motors on Thursday, a few days after his photos went viral online with Kenyans seeking to establish whether he has any blood relations with the Kenyatta family.
It is also claimed that Gitonga, nicknamed 'Uhunye' by residents of Nairobi’s Umoja estate where he lives, was also offered a marketing job by the same company.
Photos shared on social media show Gitonga signing a contract with Maridaddy Motors on Kiambu Road and receiving a Lexus LX570 car. The company is exploiting his newly-found fame to market itself.
“Fellow Kenyans, which car do you suggest Uhunye takes from our showroom?” the company asked on Facebook on Thursday.
But some Kenyans online raised questions over the company’s decision to gift him a car worth millions of shillings.
“How will that car help him? I’m sure it will be a liability to him. We know he lost his job due to Covid-19, so he needs other means of survival,” Chris Kariuki asked.
Ka Julie, noted: “I’m sure Maridady cannot give such an expensive car for free. We know who paid it.”
During an interview with Inooro TV, the father of three said he cannot walk freely outside without people asking him for handouts.
“I cannot walk outside of this estate without people asking me for handouts. It confuses me because I’m confused as to why I look like President Kenyatta; it is very unusual,” he said.
“Sometimes, I meet people who tell me that they have not had anything to eat and being ‘Uhunye’, I have to give them some money. That name has made me suffer.”