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Octopizzo blasts Madonna over Kibera ‘mtaro’ drinking water

Kenyan rapper Octopizzo has lashed out at international pop star Madonna for claiming people in Kibera drink sewage water in trenches.

Madonna, who has been in the country since Sunday, toured Kibera and posted a grim picture on her Instargram page of raw sewer water on a garbage-littered trench with the caption:

“Imagine this is where your water comes from! @shofco is working to change this in Kibera, Africa’s largest slum,” wrote Madonna.

The post drew criticism from Kenyans online who accused non-governmental organisations such as Shofco of selling the wrong narrative just to obtain donor funds.

Octopizzo, who was born and bred in Kibera, also added his voice telling NGOs to seek their funds without dehumanising people.


The also sought to offer the queen of pop some “schooling” in a lengthy post that read:

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So Apparently when I was Away @Madonna came to Kibera and said we drink water from Mtaro,let me school you for a minute,it's ok if you wanna fundraise and all that shit, Intelligence arouses fear and respect, the lack of it keeps one on the narrow minded road of disrespect, stupidity and inferiority complex. but next time do your research before you disrespect a whole community like that,am not a good writer but I wish I was there to tell you on your face. #Chocolatecity is home of talent,Hard working Women & Men, Beautiful amazing kids… You didn't see all that? One who enjoys finding errors will then start creating errors. And to my Kibera people Don't you ever! devalue yourself, you are the world's most precious stone. #8Town #ProudKibera #8 #Nuafrica

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The hip hop artiste went on to attach a documentary highlighting his new water project in the slum that has improved water supply.

Through the new water project, Kibera residents are accessing 20litres of clean piped water at 50cents down from the private vendor’s rates at Sh5.

Efforts by Nairobi News to contact Shofco’s CEO Kennedy Odede for a comment on the accusation yielded an email response that read:

“I have seen your request and we have no comment to make. However, we would like to invite you, and we also invite Octipizzo to visit SHOFCO and to come and see for yourself the challenges that people face so that you can write a more balanced and informed story.”