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Hustler: Photo Of Mwai Kibaki Pushing Wheelbarrow Emerges, Kenyans React

Darren KE

Oct. 01, 2020

The debate on wheelbarrows versus the Building Bridges Initiative has dominated headlines in the past week with Kenyans expressing mixed reactions. The debate on wheelbarrows verses the Building Bridges Initiative has dominated headlines in the past week with Kenyans expressing mixed reactions.
The photo was shared by renowned Saudi Arabia-based economist Mohamed Wehliye who appeared to tease Deputy President William Ruto's camp as he posed why the had not launched the small cart on a red carpet just like Kibaki did.
The banker was responding to a tweet by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who aimed a thinly veiled attack on Orange Democratic (ODM) Party by sharing Rarieda MP Atiende Omollo's picture using a wheelbarrow. "If you see my friend @OAmollo maintaining silence, it’s because he knows the power of a wheelbarrow," Murkomen wrote to which Wehliye joked "I haven't seen you launching them on a red carpet".
Reactions from Kenyans Kibet Kipsongok: "Crying for the context. Kibaki was participating in a groundbreaking ceremony for Lilongwe West by-pass in Malawi. He never came close to prescribing wheelbarrow as Panacea to unemployment."
Makzeba Kazemba: "Wheelbarrows and mikokoteni (carts) are perfect metaphors in our political life. Like wheelbarrows, Kenyans are pushed around by the political elite. The mikokoteni perhaps symbolises the heavy burdens we must bear under the yoke of this Jubilee govt. Let's appreciate their symbolism."
Michael Langat: "It will be part of the hustler nation manifesto. Youth empowerment by hustler nation government."
Ruto's wheelbarrow donations The second in command has been charming the youth with his charity work and donations allegedly aimed at empowering them economically even as he prepares for his first stab at the presidency in 2022. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country in March, the DP has been hosting "hustlers" and other dignitaries and his Karen residence while insisting every hustle matters.
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