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Pictures of pupils in flooded mud-walled class evoke mixed reactions

By Wambui Mbuthia | March 23rd 2018

Kenyans on social media had a lot to say after pictures of school children sitting on building blocks on a flooded classroom touched the internet.

The pictures, taken by Humanitarian and activist Ndun’gu Nyoro showed primary school children from a school in Laikipia seated in a classroom which was evidently flooded, catching the attention of many.

Kianjogu Primary School [COURTESY]

While Kenya is discussing who to vote for in 2022 please remember that this is KIANJOGU PRIMARY SCHOOL in Salama Ward, Laikipia West Constituency, Laikipia County.
Area member of National Assembly Hon. Patrick Mariru and Governor Nderitu Muriithi.

Pic Credit : Ndungu Nyoro pic.twitter.com/q5PaybbDEQ

— Leon Lidigu (@LeonLidigu) March 21, 2018

The photos alleged to be of Kianjogu Primary School also showed the poor state of mud-walled classrooms and lack of proper seats despite the rain falling hard in most parts of the country. Another photo showed the state of the staffroom where teachers were not spared the harsh conditions either.

Pupils seated on building blocks [COURTESY]

Shared on Twitter by one Leon Lidigu, the pictures caused a stir with many Tweeps accusing both the local and central government of having misplaced priorities. Others accused the parents and citizens of the said area of being too lazy to demand action.

The teachers were not spared either [COURTESY]

Here are some of the reactions the photos evoked on Twitter;

If you pay taxes, it's time you demanded for accountability. By covering up for incompetence or laziness the status quo remains. Possibly in financial books, this school has brick walls with solar power! You can't blame colonialism after 50yrs! Shameful.

— Paul Mmtoni Barasa (@pmmtoni) March 23, 2018

Where are the parents? Building and maintaining schools is a collective responsibility between the local government, parents and educators. If the parents came together one single day, they could patch the mud walls, drain the outside and compact the ground. Cost = Ksh0— mapinduzi (@MaasaiNation) March 22, 2018

A significant number of Kenyans find it easier, even sexier to donate to causes like building classrooms for these children and similarly demanding stuff, than demand simple accountability from the State. Civic laziness at its best— Michael Orwa IV. (@Sangodala) March 23, 2018

Beyond shameful.— ItsMe (@Zuhura_1) March 21, 2018

Too sad....
We have bn in political mood for too long let politics be put aside we develop our country KENYA towards greater heights of developments...it's time to build Kenya siasa kado...— Zosky Wahu (@zosky_wahu) March 23, 2018

Poverty is all over Kenya. So next time your politicians tell you poverty is elsewhere, don’t believe them. It’s all over the country and we should hold our leaders accountable instead of fighting each other— Jush (@judy2mao) March 22, 2018

It's disgusting to see such pictures. I just hope it's not that bad but things may not be that far from this situation in many places. Parents and the school community need to play their role of keeping their leaders accountable. Silence and sycophancy is killing development— ???????? Kabelo (@AKabelo) March 23, 2018

What a shame in this time of CDF and many funds, shame on the legislators from here amd Knut by extension— Judy Ndungu (@JudyNdungu12) March 22, 2018

This is appalling! To pretend that we are development focused without satisfying the basics is lying to ourselves and corrupt!— Drone (@AndrewOrlando4) March 22, 2018

It very sad and upsetting what Kenyans go through while people pocketing BILLIONS in there pockets what is enough for them ???— parkside roadsafety (@PRSA_Roadsafety) March 22, 2018

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