76-year-old Nathan Ambuti's adoration for the late Daniel arap Moi grabbed national headlines on Tuesday, February 11.
This was after he cycled an astonishing 233 kilometers from Kakamega to the former president's Kabarak home.
“I would not wish to miss the funeral of the man who was an icon of peace not only in Kenya but across Africa,” he told Citizen Digital.
However, his valiant efforts were not recognised by the mean-faced security officers manning the gate, who promptly turned him away.
Ambati's customized bicycle told the tale of a man who idolised the fallen leader, going on to finish off his Kenya African Union (Kanu) look with an old school red, green and black tie emblazoned with the Kanu national cockerel symbol.
According to his interview, the tiresome journey took him four days, with constant rests in between to give his flailing body some much-needed rest.
Due to his limited financial resources, he used to sleep out in the cold before resuming his remarkable journey each morning.
Ambati remains optimistic about getting his chance to send off his hero, vowing to come back on Wednesday, February 12, when the late president is set to be laid to rest.
The late president was on February 11, given a noble send-off at the Nyayo National Stadium. Members of the public, in their thousands, started streaming into the stadium as early as 4 a.m. and were given red t-shirts and caps branded with Moi’s portrait and the words Mkae Kwa Amani.