Disaster Celebrities: Politicians Who Cash in on Tragedies

Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga during a public address at Precious Talent School

Three politicians were on Tuesday alleged to be disaster celebrities who only appeared at a time of crisis.

Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie, Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga and Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris, were alleged to be leaders who only were vocal during a crisis.

The three were present during the tragedy that hit Precious Talent School located in Dagoretti.

Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie addressing the media during the Precious Talent School Tragedy
Nairobi Women Rep Esther Passaris present during the Precious Talent School Tragedy
Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga addressing the crowd after the Precious Talent School tragedy

Kiarie famously known as KJ, stated that the reason for the poor state of the school was due to lack of land to build proper learning institutions.

“This area has no public schools due to land grabbing.” remarked Kiarie.

Omanga, who has in the past been on the spotlight for controversial reasons, pointed out that the government was to be blamed for the Monday morning incident.

“We blame the government for not taking care of schools.” noted the Nominated Senator.

The two were backed by the vocal Passaris who highlighted as leaders, had failed in keeping the promise of building a new school in the area.

“During campaigns we promised to put up a school here.” stated the Nairobi Women Rep.

Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati was the other politician at the scene of the incident but was however chased away by an angry mob.

According to the residents of the area, the leader was meddling in affairs that did not concern him.

Other leaders who are claimed to only show up during tragedies include Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Both Sonko and Raila were present during the Toi Market fire in March this year.

The ODM leader had claimed that the fire was deliberately caused by people who had grabbed the land.

“This is not the first time that Toi Market has been burnt down. This fire was set deliberately.”

“I have been an MP here when we started this market and it has benefited so many people. But there are those individuals who when they see a piece of land somewhere do all they can to grab it.” remarked Raila.

Sonko on his part, showed up after the incident and donated Ksh5 million as finances to help the traders rebuild the market.

“We are going to withdraw Ksh5 million cash and together with my team, we shall start the rebuilding of this market.”

“We do not want to joke especially with people’s lives” pointed out Sonko.

Steve Mbogo is another politician to be included in the category due to his involvement during the Dusit attack in January 2019.

Mbogo, who is a former Starehe aspirant, was at the premises of the Chiromo based building armed to the teeth.

The city politician caused a social media uproar after he was pictured in a bullet proof vest and in possession of a G3 rifle.

Dafton Mwitiki and Steve Mbogo during the Dusit Attack

The controversial Mbogo was later summoned by the police where he explained that he was a licensed gun holder and was at the scene to help rescue the workers who had been trapped in the building.

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