When President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered for 500 beds from Meshack Otieno, an artisan located in Juja, Kenyans congratulated him for the bold step in promoting innovation among youths.
However, it has later been revealed that the order had been given to a different group of youthful innovators led by Mungai Gathogo and Joseph Muhinja based at Githunguri in Kiambu county.
This has been met with anger by the netizens demanding the president to look into the matter again since it was Meshack who went viral and not the youthful investors.
When Meshack was contacted by one of the media houses in the country for a comment over the huge order ‘he had received’, Otieno had no idea the president had given out such an order to a different group of innovators.
Asked whether he knew the other youths who were given the tender, Otieno said he has never seen them nor met them and that his workshop is in Juja and not in Githunguri.
“I have not been given any order by anybody. Yes, I do work with seven guys but today we are only four of us and we have not been visited by any government official,” he said.
While commending government for the bold move, Meshacks said his only plea is that they too be given an order to deliver the beds or at least they divide the order among them.
“I am actually the one who went viral on social media, I am the one who took video of one of my guys eating on one of the beds illustrating how it works, I too should be considered and be given an order. “Even if it means we divide the order, it’s okay, at least we all shall have received something out of it,” he said.