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Ruto-Nanok under fire for ‘poverty-tourism’ in Turkana

Deputy President William Ruto and Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok have come under fire on social media for what the online community has interpreted as ‘poverty-tourism’ in Turkana county.

This after photos of the two leaders emerged on social media showing them standing over barefooted women and naked children in weather-beaten clothes.

The photos were taken at the weekend during Dr Ruto’s three-day tour in Turkana County where he launched several projects.

Kenyans on Twitter could not understand how Dr Ruto and Mr Nanok presented themselves to the villagers.

Turkana County has currently been on the spotlight after pictures and videos of the Turkana people reported to be dying of acute starvation were shared online.

“Shame on you! William Ruto and Governor Nanok. You arrived here as if you are tourists but you both have been in office since 2013. This is exactly what we elected you to do. We elected you to fix this poverty, hunger, lack of water, schools etc… but you never did. Shame on you,” said @ItsMutai.

“Anaenda kuwaona na mkono tupu rich kid akirudi mashambani,” tweeted @OyollaJames.

ONLINE REACTIONS

“Aai jameni some tribes are like refugees in their own country,” wrote @JohnRuiru2.

“Anashangaa kwani hiii ni kenya kweli watu hawana nguo,” commented @Lewis.

“Shame Shame Shame on them!” stated @kungumuchiri.

“Wah these people live a different lifestyle!! Very sad! Mungu saidia hii nchi!” said @jonteymwanikih.

“Imagine people living like that in this day and age, and let no one come here telling us about culture!” replied @Muyakimani.

“How do they live with themselves, how are they able to sleep at night?” asked @Mozyylah.