Former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale is known as the bullfighter from Ikolomani. The veteran politician is one of the most charismatic of leaders that the country has.
He does not mind getting his hands dirty online and will engage trolls and haters alike. Yesterday, Boni who is a trained medical doctor, told his social media followers about a boy he had helped.
Boni wrote on his Twitter page:
Our people earn a dignified although not so princely living. I met this nice boy today hawking ripe bananas at the church gate to raise money for school uniform. I bought him the uniform plus school shoes en blessed him to grow to become a doctor.
While Khalwale, or Boni mtetezi as he calls himself on Twitter, might have expected his message of charity to be appreciated, he was in for a rude shock as some Kenyans still skewered him. Some of the comments are below:
The comments leave mixed feelings. Philanthropy is the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.
This is what Khalwale was doing. Does his contribution to the boy make it any less just because of its public nature?
Microsoft founder and of the richest men in the world, Bill Gates has made it his life goal through his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and, in the US, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.
The foundation is controlled by its three trustees: Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett. The charity which is one of the leaders in venture philanthropy has a loud presence in the 3rd world, a presence they promote and are proud off.
Why should n’t Boni be allowed the same latitude?