The ongoing heavy downpour in the country forced Ireland ambassador to Kenya Vincent O’Neill to ride an ox-drawn cart to reach a school in Makueni County, where he had been scheduled to open a newly constructed building.
The envoy posted photos of himself manoeuvring a muddy road leading to St Patrick’s School in Kawese Village on Twitter.
“Privileged to open wing of St Patrick’s Primary School Kawese Makueni County today following support from Irish organisation Kenya Child Foundation,” the envoy posted on his Twitter handle.
“Access to the school [was] difficult due to recent rains/muddy road no problem via ox cart.”
His photos were widely shared by Kenyans on Twitter, some lauding him for showing humility and servant leadership.
“Your humility is a blessing to Kambaland,” said Mary Peter.
@ShaffieWeru noted: " Photo of the Year: Ireland Ambassador to Kenya riding on this mkokoteni to open up a school in Makueni. #Humility."
@TheSundaeBest said: "Did he explicitly ask to ride on the mkokoteni on a muddy 'road' because he is a humble man, or was he forced to do so by the fact that someone somewhere has been elected by constituents & is sitting on taxpayer's money meant to tengeneza a proper."
@Kartridges tweeted: "As someone who knows @VincentONIRL I can honestly say it would have been the former he is an Ambassador who is humble caring and loves his role here in Kenya. Not a career politician but a medical doctor we're empathy and care are always forefront in his actions and words."
Kenya Red Cross said Makueni is the fourth badly-hit county by the floods after Tana River, Garissa and Kitui counties.
O’Neill also doubles up as Ireland ambassador to Somalia and Sudan.