Nyali MP Mohammed Ali, alias ‘Moha Jichopevu’, is under fire from a section of Kenyans on social media for naming a new school after himself.
Ali shared photos of the soon-to-be-opened school on Twitter, saying it will be the first girls-only institution in Nyali Constituency since independence.
“The First Girls Sec School in Nyali constituency since independence opening its doors on 13th Jan 2020. #MjingaNimimi,” he captioned photos of the school.
But Kenyans online took issue with MP Ali’s decision to name the school ‘Mohammed Ali Girl’s Secondary School’, saying it was wrong since it was build using taxpayers funds.
Martin Kettienya wrote: “Maybe people should stop naming schools, Hospitals, and Roads built using public money after them. This school should have been named Nyali Girls High School. It's the first Secondary school in that area and he calls it Mohamed Ali? Ah!”
Blogger Robert Alai advised: “You should have called it Jichopevu.”
Mnur Feruz asked: “Do you have to name the institution after you? While the school was built with our taxes?”
Collins Kangogo noted: “Very good work Mheshimiwa. My but... You could still name it Nyali Girls Secondary school. Ken Okoth just called the school "Mbagathi Secondary school" and we all still noticed the good work he did. Tenda wema nenda zako. Good work.”
Keg Ambassador posed: “Was it by Ali’s money? No. Public taxes. But he had to call it Mohamed Ali Girls Secondary. Always doing what he criticized.”
Lawyer Donald Kipkorir stated: “Across ages and History, truly great and reformist leaders never left their names on any City, Street or building ... Some even left a Will that their bodies be buried in secret places so as not to be shrines ... But in Kenya, small tinpot dictators put their names on public projects.”