Tribalism? Kenyans Rally For Ogutu and Otieno Hospital Beds Ignored by President Uhuru Kenyatta

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Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) on Wednesday took to the internet to rally behind  Gordon Ogutu and Meshack Otieno, who were left out when President Uhuru Kenyatta instructed the Government to immediately procure 500 hospital beds from two local innovators.

The two innovators, 26-year-old Mungai Gathogo and 35-year-old Joseph Muhinja had a memorable day, after photos of their manufactured beds circulated over the netizens, catching the attention of the Head of State.

According to the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU), the beds, which are made from locally sourced material from their workshop in Githunguri, Kiambu county, will be subjected to standardization tests by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). The president sent his secretary Andrew Wakahiu, accompanied by Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga to Githunguri to assess the beds and convey the Government’s decision

“The beds will be a vital aid to public hospitals that are reeling under the pressure of COVID-19 related hospital admissions. The Government, through the Numerical Machining Complex, will also help the young entrepreneurs and other innovators with technical skills and equipment to hasten production and improve quality” Wakahiu said.

They also added that the Government will also link up local manufacturers with SME fund to raise capital for start-ups and to expand existing businesses in a drive towards the realization of the Manufacturing pillar under the Big Four agenda. Mungai and Muhinja who currently employ 7 youth promised to hire more young people to ensure the order will be delivered in one and half month’s time thus help create more jobs in the country.

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However, taking to online social media platforms, a section of Kenyans wondered why the President left out Ogutu and Otieno (Luos) based at Juja, and instead chose to procure from Gathogo and Muhinja, his perceived tribemates of the Kikuyu community (according to their second names.)

A quick glance at the pictures also showed that the beds from Ogutu and Otieno seemed to be better and cheaper than the others, further raising a lot of queries. It is without doubt that tribalism is deep in Kenya, with citizens from many sectors preferring to give first priorities in case of opportunities from their tribe.

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