A party organised to feed street children turned chaotic Saturday after they became rowdy and fought for the food forcing police at the venue to shoot in the air to calm the situation.
The highly publicised party dubbed ‘Chapati Forum’ was meant to celebrate the birthday of State House Director of Digital Communications Dennis Itumbi and also promote Uhuru Kenya (Volunteers had Tshirts labelled Team Uhuru na Chapati) but the street children who showed up at Moi Avenue Primary School in Nairobi were more than organisers had planned for.
A number of classes at the school that were being used as stores had their window panes shattered as the street children who had not had enough forced their way in prompting the police to disperse the crowd.
According to the organisers over 3000 street children attended.
Here are some of the Reactions to the NEWS OF CHAOS AT THE CHAPATI FORUM:
Robert Kipkemboi >>> Mathew 6:2, GOD’S WORD® So when you give to the poor, don’t announce it with trumpet fanfare. This is what hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets in order to be praised by people. I can guarantee this truth: That will be their only reward.
Silas Gesiora N >>>We will need more chapati making sessions and beyond zero campaigns if we are to catch up with the corruption responsible for these problems.
It hurts that these charities that are an insult to anyone with half a brain start from State House. We Black people need to rethink our priorities.
Come Monday, you bet, there will be yet another corruption scandal. Besides, in the budget there was Sh 300 million for street families….Whatever happened to the money?
Charity is good in stroking the confused egos of the middle-class but holding the government accountable would be a better calling. As Seth Odongo asked recently, a woman can clobber a conductor over Sh 20 but we can’t come out and ask that stolen monies be returned.
These problems we holding needless charities can erased with just reducing corruption even by 1 %. But as it is we are doomed.
Kwamchetsi Makokha >>>>Kula chapo na risasi. The reason governments are elected is so that social problems are not parcelled off to charity, the good deed of the week or the month or the year. People on the streets eat (or need to eat) every day. Mothers give birth all the time, not just after a high profile marathon; children qualify to join high school every year, not when the good samaritan bug bites in full view of TV cameras.
Lavender O>>>Seeing somebody who’s very close to a sitting head of state&government distributing chapatis to street Children is very demeaning,populist ideas is surely taking this country 20 years backward!.
Dikembe>>>I’ve read in Daily Nation that over 3,000 street children attended Dennis Itumbi’s chapati forum, causing chaos when chapatis went out of stock.
What an indictment on Itumbi’s boss who runs the country on a chapati (flat) mentality. 3,000 street kids!
Never before has an urgent case for a fairer society needed to be put forward as now. It speaks volumes that in a country where the President and his Deputy have been reported to be upgrading their residences to palatial levels, complete with underground tunnels, football pitch-size swimming pools, bullet-proof rooms, Italian imported furniture and super high voltage electric fences, 3000 kids are on the streets, homeless, in Nairobi alone.
Let’s never forget: Sh140 billion EUROBOND, stolen.
NairobiFree Press>>>>>Things turned chaotic at a “chapati forum” arranged by Dennis Itumbi, by extension, state house PR, meant for street children in our city. Things got murky after chapatis ran out and some hungry kids hadnt had a bite yet. But then, sane as we are, we ask itumbi if he knows this;
The Waiguru he verociously defended, and his master defended, walked away with over kshs 1.0 billion from public coffers at ministry of Devolution.
That money mr Itumbi could have bought for 500k street children, one 90kg sack of maize each person, going at prevailing market prices in Narok. We thought you should know.