Masikini hachagui, na akichagua keshapata- A Bahati widow is reeling in shock after President Uhuru Kenyatta withdrew his gift of a house from her.
The Government had constructed the two-bedroom house for Damaris Wambui, whose son, Dennis Ngaruiya, had in 2014 left President Kenyatta in stitches after presenting a poem before him at the 3rd Kenya Rifles Battalion barracks in Lanet.
Ngaruiya’s mother Ms Wambui grabbed the public’s attention last week after she declined to take the house saying that it was not up to the standards the President would have wanted them to get.
“We had to move to the new house but only to realize it was jot up to substandard#” claimed Wambui adding that the house was “not worthy as a gift from the Head of State”.
Wambui alleged that some statehouse officials who had been tasked with the construction of the house had shortchanged the family and built them a ‘house not worth to be a gift from the head of state.’
“That is not the gift the President meant for my son and I. It has cracks and looks more of a semi-permanent house. It was occupied before by a disabled person and was only refurbished,” Wambui told the press last week.
And now the house has been bequeathed to a more deserving and needy Kenyan- that is – 58 year old Charles Macharia in a hand over ceremony led by Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Mongo Chimwaga.
The Rift Valley RC said they identified the needy family yo take over the house located in Murunyu area, Bahati Constituency.
Macharia a casual laborer who is usually paid less than Sh. 200 a day has six children of whom three are disabled said that that he thought it was a dream when he was approached by a section of Nakuru administrators on Friday.
“I do casual jobs to be able feed and raise my kids. However, I do very little because I spend most of the hours taking them to and fro school,” he said.
His wife of 27 years had abandoned the family due to the burden of raising the children with disabilities.
“I’m I still dreaming! Someone tell me the truth. I thank God for He is faithful. In have been praying to God to open ways so I can raise my lovely six children with more ease and for sure, He has kept His promise,” said the man who was smiling amid sobs of joy.
“It is unfortunate that my wife abandoned me last year citing she couldn’t raise the kids anymore. I decided to stay behind despite their disabilities because I love them so much. Despite their disabilities, for God knows why, I cannot do without them, not even go far for a day without seeing them because they are God’s gift,” narrated the man.
His new house has also been well furnished- with brown checked five seater sofa sets, five by six beds well spread with duvets and pillows in each bedroom, curtains well fitted to the windows, connected with electricity, water and kitchen shopping worth thousands over shillings. Outside the house there was a kitchen garden planted with sukumawiki and on the right a toilet and bathroom built behind the house.
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