Kenya can at times be a land of sarcasm.
And let’s not forget the fact that taxpayers pay hundreds of millions of shillings to provide free maternity services to pregnant women.
So you can only imagine the negative expressions netizens have of a failed government that punishes the poor after a street woman, Rebecca Atieno, 20, deliver safely at Uhuru Park, after she was unable to raise Sh50 to secure a ‘safe’ room in Muthurwa.
Here are some of the sentiments:
That woman lost her job because she was pregnant. Kicked out of her room for lack of rent. She was due for delivery. Went to Uhuru Park to gather her thoughts. Labour pains checked in. Denied toilet access because of 10 shillings. Her water broke. Pushed the baby without help.
— Gabriel Oguda (@gabrieloguda) March 14, 2019
GOVERNMENT likes to punish poverty in the most brutal way. The woman who delivered at Uhuru Park has paid the price for being pregnant while poor. Meanwhile, there’s the Social Assistance Act, publicly funded to fund the poor, orphans, unemployed, elderly. What a travesty!
— Steve Ogolla (@steveogollaw) March 14, 2019
Dear, @EstherPassaris. That lady who delivered in Uhuru Park was taken to hospital and is now due for discharge. She has nowhere to go, as she had been thrown out of her room due to rent arrears. Kindly take up this case as a matter of urgency and do let us know how we can help.— Gabriel Oguda (@gabrieloguda) March 14, 2019
20 yrs old, pregnant, kicked out of her rental for failing to pay rent and fired from her job, went to Uhuru Park to clear her mind after losing job. Little did she know her water would break and she’d have to give birth all by herself https://t.co/ngmvwuO1Pf
— Joy Doreen BIIRA (@JoyDoreenBiira) March 14, 2019