Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale was on Saturday on the receiving end of an online backlash after giving a Sh20,000 handout to a samosa-selling family.
Khalwale had tweeted about his “kind act”, only to be met by a barrage of angry tweeps who called him names.
Most of those opposing the handout idea said the senator had just discouraged a young entrepreneurial family.
Others suggested that the politician had made the family dependent on handout for making them feel embarrassed for selling samosas.
Some however defended Khalwale stating that he gave the money to the boy in a bid to stop child labour.
As has been during electioneering period, politicians dish out money to citizens to appeal for their vote.
Red T-shirt man walks home with his boy after I gave th boy 20,000/- today to stop him from selling family samosas 4 a living at Khumusalaba pic.twitter.com/mvjAxxhKOB
— Boni Khalwale (@KBonimtetezi) June 17, 2017
Boni thats where you go wrong. Whats wrong with selling samosas. Give him 20k to expand his samosas business to other towns.
— Moses Kuria (@HonMoses_Kuria) June 18, 2017
If such leaders r ones we going to elect then we have problems, u dnt drag sm1 4rm ‘ocean to stop fishing but instead gv technology tools.’
— DAN SUDI (@Dan_Sudi) June 19, 2017
You realise he gave the money for the boy to stop doing samosa business not his father?
— Romana (@Thumbelinarh) June 18, 2017
Don’t give a man fish, teach him how to fish on his own. It builds the basis for self reliance n sustainability.
— Ben O. K’Olwa (@kolwah) June 17, 2017
My friend Senator, When you do merciful deeds, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand does.
— Ike Kenneth (@IkeOjuok) June 17, 2017
— Bobby Vj™ (@BobbyVjoe) June 19, 2017
Wrong move, so when you become governor the samosa kids will queue to collect their 20k bill. He doesn’t need a handout but an opportunity.
— mohamed abdi (@M3AHSA) June 17, 2017
Mediocre politicians u have in Kenya today.I feel sick to the core. Is giving 20k long term solution to the poverty that led the boy to hawk
— Ahmed K Hassan 🇸🇴 (@AhmedKusow) June 18, 2017
For sustainability, why not strengthen the samosa business to be operated by the boy’s parent?
— Koech Cheruiyot (@Koecheruiyot) June 18, 2017
He was learning how to fish nd you are giving him a fish in the name of assisting nd tweet. You are doomed.
— Lernie ™ (@ItsLernie) June 17, 2017
Nonsense…. We were not supposed to know
— ™OMUKA HOUL ERIC™ 🔵 (@eric_mtall) June 18, 2017
Give the father a job hata kama ni ya mkono. And the mother can expand the samosa bizna with the 2ok. Nways nice gesture senator.
— Ogachi Edwin (@Ogachi89) June 18, 2017
Mimi nauza smokie pale ngara si unipee ata ksh 50,000 niache kuziuza ata Mimi
— johny milimu (@mlunje) June 18, 2017