In 2018, a former aspirant for the Member of County Assembly (MCA) seat, Ian-Harriel Kowiti, made headlines with his unconventional decision to sell his testicle and kidney to escape poverty.
Hailing from Uriri Constituency in Migori County, Kowiti, who had previously ventured into politics as an independent candidate during the 2017General Election, opted for a drastic step to improve his financial situation.
Back in 2018, Kowiti openly declared his intention to sell one of his testicles for Sh500,000.
He justified his decision by stating that he saw no reason to keep both testicles if he could live a normal life with just one. His motivation was not only financial gain but also a desire to help someone in need.
“Imagine that there is someone out there who can’t have a child for one reason or another. I just want to share what I have, for a little profit, of course! I’m tired of being broke, yet I don’t need two testicles!” Kowiti expressed in an interview with The Nairobian.
Additionally, Kowiti was willing to part with one of his kidneys for Sh1.5 million, specifically for a ‘local client.’ For international clients, he set the price three times higher.
His decision was based on the belief that he could lead a healthy life with just one kidney.
He empathetically stated, “A doctor friend confirmed to me that you can lead a healthy and fulfilling life with just one kidney. I have two functioning kidneys, and I consider it the right thing to do to give out one.”
However, it’s important to note that medical experts, including urologist Dr. David Kimani, dismissed the idea of harvesting testicles, emphasizing that it was not possible to transplant them. Despite Kowiti’s willingness, this medical impossibility rendered his plan unachievable.