A section of Kenyans online have condemned Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris after she posted photos of herself serving beer to elderly people on Christmas.
Passaris teamed up with Keroche Breweries to visit Little Sisters of the Poor home in Nairobi’s Kasarani area and share gifts with elderly people housed at the sanctuary. In a tweet, Passaris said her team distributed fruits, vegetables, and beer.
“…we gave out fruits and vegetables and then plenty of beer donated by @KerocheBrewery to the old. All in all, its been a great Christmas. My heart is full,” she wrote.
Little Sisters of the Poor, also known as 'Nyumba ya Wazee', is a home for senior citizens and hosts 72 elderly people aged between 72 to 106. The sanctuary is operated by a group of Catholic Church sisters.
Some social media users were not, however, amused by Passaris’s gesture, wondering why they chose to give beer to elderly men and women.
@ramugangai tweeted: “Surely Mama Taa, the elderly need healthier foods & drinks on Christmas Day BM and NOT beer.”
@bbrayoe asked: “Did you check if they had food before giving them beer??”
@AKabelo noted: “LoL beer who will help the other find their bed tonight.”
@maka_webo said: “Please come and see @EstherPassaris feeding wazees with beers. And she is proud of it. Gaaaaai.”
@Purposefull23 posed: “Beer to the old... of all the drinks 🤔. Nimeshangaa.”
@montebenard said: “Giving alcohol to so old people is attempted murder.”
@BonnieKenny3 wrote: “We kazi yako Ni kulewesha wazee😤😤😤 and you thought you'll be praised of that??? Nooooo there are some meaningful things you can do other kupeana food na pombe 😏😏 you failed me😣😔😔.”
But Passaris defended the move, saying: "We donated dry food, fruits & vegetables. When a few men and women requested beers to enjoy Christmas we saw nothing wrong with that. Given their age, we got sugar free beers:-). We also had soft drinks & juices. When my 95-year-old Cucu asked for a cigarette, I got her one."