On Sunday, May 22, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga was campaigning in Narok County where he was gifted a portrait of State House.
The former Prime Minister who was accompanied by his deputy president nominee Martha Karua overwhelmingly received the gift and assured the locals that he will soon occupy the house.
Designed with white walls and red roofing, the presidential hopeful said that the portrait signifies his victory in the August 9 General Elections.
“Hawa vijana leo wamenipatia state house, wameamua kuniingiza leo hii. Wamesema leo hii kwamba hii itakuwa maskani yangu na Martha atakuwa na ofisi kule ndani,” Raila said.
Days after the rally, it has now emerged that the State House dummy was created by 17-year-old Master Wellington Otieno from Majengo slums in Narok.
Speaking in an interview with Nation, the Form Three student at Masikonde Day Secondary School said he got the idea while in Form One but actualized it two months ago.
Otieno termed the State House dummy his biggest project so far.
“I have made several artworks such as buses and I have even made a model of my dream house but the ‘State House’ was my biggest project,” he said.
He said when he shared his vision of constructing the State House with his mother, she told him it was impossible since she had no money for the materials and instead asked him to seek God’s intervention.
“I went to our church, Word of Faith, and told my pastor. He prayed for me and gave me some cash to actualise my dream. I was elated,” Otieno said.
Otieno estimated the total cost of setting up the project at KSh 6,000, noting that he used plastics and cartons to come up with the walls and other structures.
He said a day before Raila’s visit, one of his friends hinted at him that the ODM leader would visiting the county and vowed to use the opportunity to present his gift to him.
On the material day, they took a Tuk Tuk for KSh 400 to William Ole Ntimama Stadium where Raila was expected to address area residents.
Otieno recalled how the State House finally got to reach Raila.
“We tucked ourselves in the huge crowd guarding our ‘State House’, but as the crowd continued swelling there was a need for space. Some people snatched it from us, lifted it up and off it went to the dais
“I was happy that my work had been recognised but I was pained that I was not the one presenting it to Baba. We went back home dejected,” he said.
Otieno’s mum, Jael Achieng’ heaped praises on his son, terming him an indoors person who hates being idle.
“I am always happy for him. He is hardworking in class and when he is free, he stays in the house making his arts,” Otieno said.
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