Maillu for President? You must be joking!

David MailluThe name David Maillu always makes other heads turn.If you ask me, the man is a little weird. But not outright crazy.

He fits among Kenya’s leading writers and literary icons rather insecurely. But his standing in the political landscape is even more unclear.But Maillu thinks otherwise.  

So when I saw his picture in Crazy Monday (The Standard, 16th April) I was not very surprised. The dare-devil Maillu has, for the fourth time, declared his candidacy for the presidency.He is the father of an obscure political party called Communal Democracy of Kenya (CDK). He is also the founder of an even lesser known political philosophy called The Maillu Revolution. Besides these, however, he has no close affiliation to any major political party or any prominent politician. And yet he has been eyeing the presidency since 1997.

Maillu is a bundle of contradictions. The controversial writer is the proud holder of a doctoral degree in literature, but he has no more than a high school education. Though he has never stepped inside a university lecture hall to learn or teach, he is often invited to give lectures on writing in various colleges abroad. He has over 60 books in print, ranging in theme from polygamy to religion and from children’s stories to sheer pornography and his books are studied in many universities across the world.

The doctorate degree bestowed upon him in 1998 by South Australia’s St Clement’s University was perhaps the highest honour in the last ten years. It was in recognition of his contribution to African literature – especially for his major work, Broken Drum, published in 1995. In 2002, he was invited to the launch of a new book of criticism on the works of Daisaku Ikeda, a Japanese scholar and honorary member of the Writers’ Association of Kenya. Wak included a toast in his honour of Maillu in the event. Maillu is best known as a prolific writer of humorous, sexually explicit pocket-size books like No, Unfit for Human Consumption, My Dear Bottle and After 4.30.

Several critical texts pour endless praise on his many works of fiction, religion and philosophy, including The Broken Drum, Our Kind of Polygamy and African Indigenous Political Ideology. He has also been published in fields as diverse as poetry, drama, children’s fiction, philosophy and religion.

He also won the coveted Jomo Kenyatta Prize for literature in 1992 jointly with Wahome Mutahi, the late popular humour columnist.

But the most confounding side of Maillu, a father of two, is his political dreams. In 1997, he was waxing enthusiastic about becoming a parliamentary representative for the newly-created Kaiti constituency, promising to charm voters with his guitar. After launching his book, African Indigenous Political Ideology at the University of Nairobi in 2002, he called a press conference to announce that he was running for the presidency on a Kanu ticket, against the then formidable incumbent Daniel arap Moi. It sounded like a modern day David and Goliath piece, which virtually all editors dismissed. Politically, nothing much has been heard about Maillu since then.But he is not giving up yet.

“As a writer, I am also politician,” he says, tightening his hold on his giant white flywhisk. “I have a big constituency and more important, an ideology, which these people don’t have. In fact, I have a revolution. This is the antidote to foreign political models.” He says as fondles a copy of his new book, The Maillu Revolution.

His fate against Kenya’s political heavy weights like Mwai Kibaki, Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka or Uhuru Kenyatta  or Ruto is obviously sealed. But Maillu intends to turn his home in Kola into a museum and community library and mobilised his constituents to construct a bridge and a dam through the Kilonde Self-Help Water Project, which he founded.

On his many journeys, he collects stones, plants, and pieces of art, with which he has built and decorated a unique home that stands out for its greenery and architecture in the dry plains of Ukambani. The walls of his
Nairobi house are decorated with his original paintings, as are the pages of his books.

The author is working on a thesis on East African popular literature.


11 Responses to Maillu for President? You must be joking!


    at last i’ve found what i longed
    please can you give me details of purchasing the following books dear bottle
    2.after 4.30
    3.kommon man
    i read the above books so many years ago
    my physical address
    christopher peter mbwana
    box 1440

    i will be very glad to have the above BOOKS


  2. Sophia Ithothe says:

    Maillu has good ideas on how life should be lived, especially his educational and philosophical approaches. However, calling his philosophy ‘the MAILLU Revolution’ is rather shortsighted, if not outright foolish, letting everyone see his narcissism and therefore turning potential voters off.

  3. Chris Nyabezi says:

    Would like to purchase the following by David G Maillu:
    After 4.30
    My dear bottle
    Unfit for human consumption
    Behind the presidential motorcade

  4. hompelvoet says:

    My friends here on your site found on Google I am fox delighted to find your wonderful website online. I look for manuals in pdf. I found shop with owners manual by look for free manuals in pdf. Do you now any free website with manuals in pdf’s?

  5. I have been scoping around for talk about this. I am happy now that I found this place.

    I’ll be back here often.

  6. omg! i don’t know how.. will someone tell me how to get this page added inside my ipod so my brother can take a look at it?

  7. Lloyd Marlar says:

    It¡¦s in point of fact a great and helpful piece of info. I am happy that you shared this useful information with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  8. nguthijosephk says:

    Have read many of his titles , which were so popular among teenagers both in upper primary and lower secondary. Funny we used to read them in hiding because of their pornographic themes.

  9. vedio editi says:

    Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it is truly informative.

    I’m gonna watch out for brussels. I will be grateful if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  10. Candida says:

    Radioactive iodine can be used to hamper further bulging of the goiter or to prevent secretion of excess hormones by getting rid of these overactive thyroid hormones. Psoralen photo chemotherapy is also one of the most well-liked methods for treating Vitiligo, which is particularly employed in USA. This report follows up on a 2009 study, which gets to the roots of gray hair as scientists find what causes most hair to turn gray and then white as people age.

  11. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any problems of
    plagorism or copyright infringement? My blog has a lot of unique content I’ve
    either created myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up
    all over the web without my authorization.
    Do you know any ways to help prevent content from being ripped off?

    I’d genuinely appreciate it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: