Political Analyst Mutahi Ngunyi has hit out at Deputy President William Ruto over the benches he recently bought from two carpenters.
Ngunyi wondered why the DP did not buy hospital beds to aid in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, saying the benches will be placed at ‘jobless corners.’
“Why did the hustler buy benches to be placed at jobless corners? Why not buy hospital beds from the youth, the way President Kenyatta did?” he asked.
The post drew numerous reactions, some accusing Ngunyi of tarnishing the DP’s name ahead of 2022.
Last week, DP Ruto hosted Stephen Odhiambo and Dennis Omondi, two carpenters who delivered benches to his Karen residence, promising to clear the balance he owed them.
“I had their balance, which they asked me top up and buy a specialised machine that will help them fasten their workmanship. I promised to invest in their dream and support their hustle,” he said.
The DP first met the two in late June, buying a number of pieces from them.
On Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta instructed the government to procure 500 beds from two innovators who make hospital beds locally.
The two, Mungai Gathogo (26) and Joseph Muhinja (35), from Kiambu County, were lauded by many Kenyans online after they showcased their work.
The beds have a drip stand, a mesh for housing an oxygen cylinder, a head raising gear and a feeding table.
The President’s Delivery Unit stated that the beds, which are made from locally sourced materials, will be subjected to standardization tests by KEBS.