The Irish ambassador to Kenya Vincent O’Neill has blown up social media after photos of him were shared riding on a Mkokoteni.
The Mkokoteni was dawn by oxen and the ambassador was on his way to open a school in Makueni County.
Vincent shared on his twitter handle saying that he faced difficulty accessing the school on his way to St Patrick’s Primary School Kawese which is supported by Irish organization Kenya Child Foundation.
“Privileged to open wing of St Patrick’s Primary School Kawese, Mukeini County today following support from Irish organization Kenya Child Foundation. Access to the school difficult due to recent rains/muddy road no problem via Ox Cart,” posted O`Neil.
He ditched his ‘red number plate’ cars and rode on an ox cart to the excitement of social media users.
Kenyans did not wait to react to the tweet with most blaming the government over poor roads in the country with most affected by the ongoing heavy rains across the country.
This are some of the tweets by Kenyans
Photo of the Year: Ireland Ambassador to Kenya riding on this mkokoteni to open up a school in Makueni. #Humility Cc @PhilipOgola BlessUp to the Ambassador en Co #AdelleAndShaffieOnKISS @Kiss100Kenya @ADELLEO pic.twitter.com/nAnkGQsmfH
It’s both. He would have decided it to ride in the unroadworthy vehicle or the poor road. But he chose to. On the other side the government needs to wake up.
Did he explicitly ask to ride on the mkokoteni on a muddy ‘road’ because he is a humble man, or was he forced to do so by the fact that someone somewhere has been elected by constituents & is sitting on taxpayer’s money meant to tengeneza a proper road for the common mwananchi?
As someone who knows @VincentONIRL I can honestly say it would have been the former he is an Ambassador who is humble caring and loves his role here in Kenya. Not a career politician but a medical doctor we’re empathy and care are always forefront in his actions and words
7:22 AM – May 8, 2018
This is the only photo of Kenya that will be shared by Irish media
Makueni county is the fourth worst-hit county by the ongoing rains according to Kenya Red Cross after Tana River, Gariss and Kitui Counties.