Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday found himself on the receiving end of public backlash after he shared photos while witnessing electricity connection in mud houses that seem to be on the verge of collapse, owing to numerous cracks on their walls.
Netizens were unimpressed by the DP’s display of poor prioritisation, pointing out that the families need habitable houses more than electricity.
In one of the photos, Ruto is seen in a crouched position struggling to get through a door to one of the houses at Sekenani, Narok West, Narok County.
While a few found the DPs willingness to interact with poor families as a sign of humility, most pointed out that it was pointless to offer such families power while their lives are in danger due to the dilapidated state of the houses.
mumejaribu to out-do this one but imekataa pic.twitter.com/1HgMVZ7ieP
— kim (@kajonee) October 23, 2019
— Patty Maneno 🇰🇪 (@PattyMaluni) October 23, 2019
The inside of the house is crammed up and the structure seems to only be held up by a single pole at the middle of the room.
“Make them a home before connecting power. It’s risky when it rains in such a house. This is a death sentence,” one Edger Ambura told the DP.
Every Kenyan would be happy ofcourse to be finally connected to electricity but your excellency Daktari don't you think that it poses more danger than good especially during rainy seasons to the inhabitants of the manyatta
— J orore (@OkothOrore) October 23, 2019
“Those folks could have appreciated a decent house unit from you rather than mockery of their humble abode,” Wycliff Karori replied to Ruto.
Nevertheless, the families that Ruto visited appeared contented with the situation and were hospitable enough to serve their visitors a traditional drink.
— Patrice Tuyizere (@PatriceTuyizere) October 23, 2019
Under the Last Mile Connectivity program, the government has been rolling out electricity to remote areas around the country in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030.