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The other side of Otiende Amollo's 'Ondoa Nyasi' campaign

Curtis Otieno
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Rarieda lawmaker Otiende Amollo and a beneficiary of his Ondoa Nyasi campaign. [Photo/twitter.com/@OAmollo]

Rarieda Member of Parliament Otiende Amollo was recently subjected to condemnations by social media users over his Ondoa Nyasi campaign, an initiative he says is aimed at bettering the living standards of the poor, mostly widowers within his constituency.

He was accused of doing the minimal by building his constituents mud-walled houses while he occupies a multi-million mansion which landed on the spotlight following his recent appearance on a local television station, with netizens questioning his unwillingness to give more.

In his regular tweets, the opposition lawmaker is giving out a picture of an attempt to ensure that none of his constituents lives in a grass thatched hut with a leaking roof, which is a good initiative whichever way it is looked at.

His efforts, on the contrary, are laudable as he has taken it upon himself to assist people, most of whom he is not even related to, out of goodwill, as he has no constitutional mandate to carry out the same.

However rich he might be, it would be unrealistic to think that he would be in a position to build each and every Rarieda resident a mansion, and should therefore be hailed and encouraged to keep up the good job.

By helping his people improve their living, the lawyer is giving a new ray of light to the lesser fortunate members of the society who can now get some comfort in their houses after a tough day at work or in the fields without having to worry about the weather.

He remains one of the most hardworking lawmakers, dedication that each and every Kenyan would like to see in their leader.

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