Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu on Saturday gaveÂ an explanation about the origin of his grammar woes.
Addressing mourners in Kikuyu dialect at a funeral service in Gatundu South, Waitutu indicated that he did not go to nursery school owing to his age when joining school.
Given that this is an important step in the formative process, the Governor indicatedÂ that he has never caught up ever since.
“I was a student at Dagoretti High School but as you know, I have difficulty in expressing myself in English.
“This is because I did not go to nursery school. I was one of the children that were being subjected to the test of touching your ear with your hand and if you managed, you were allowed to proceed to Class One,” he revealed.
However, Governor Waititu underplayed the importance of mastery of the English language in influencing ability to lead.
“But English is just but a language, the important thingÂ is what is in one’s brain,”Â he added attracting cheers and laughter from the crowd.
Although Waititu is outspoken, he at times appears to have challenges in his command of grammar and word choice.
It is a matter that he has previously joked about in public in an apparentÂ bid to dismiss the ridicule.
Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo who was in attendance at the burial asked leaders to tone down their public utterances indicating that they might flare up political temperatures and tension in the country.