Kenyans have reacted with shock and anger after a photo of a young school girl drinking dirty water went viral.
The heart-breaking photo shows the girl from AIC Lodengo Primary School drinking muddy water reportedly fetched from the drying Lodango pan in Tiaty, Baringo county.
Coming at a time when the country is grappling with reports of Sh 21 billion allegedly lost in the dams scandal, Kenyans took issues with the country’s leadership for doing little to improve the lives of citizens.
Others alleged that while politicians are on a looting spree and living lavish lives, their constituents suffer.
Dickson Chepsergon wrote: “A class two pupil in a county we call home #BARINGO has just woken up early in the morning no break first just empty stomach to go search for education wishing to change the starving population some day.Had no option while drinking muddy water hopping to sustain her life”.
One user, KTowr summed up the views of many writing: “Saddest truth. I don’t care about 2022 but we need to save these kids. Why did we even fight for independence in the first place? #baringobleeding #baringo
The viral photo of a school girl drinking muddy water and a section of Kenya’s leaders enjoying a meal
“In my country, in 20th Century (sic), we still have people drinking this kind of water as ‘Honourable’ Members of Parliament enjoy Bottled water and pay themselves hundreds of thousands. This is Baringo where Moi was a president for 24 years. They loot when arrested play a tribal card,” tweeted another.
Its Cornelius asserted that “Rift Valley region is the biggest voters block but always being shortchanged with selfish leaders then used as voting machine. Imagine if today Baringo had Arror dam and #Turkana kimwarer dam! Next time don’t vote with your stomach…….where are your leaders?
“I won’t be shocked to see the country executive and assembly has a budget to buy refreshments running to million,” posted another.