Who is Lucy Gatimu, the lady netizens are defending passionately

Lucy came to the limelight after one Osama Otero started a tweet urging Kenyans to rally behind less privileged children.

Lucy Gatimu. She was trolled for asking for help on Twitter but netizens came to her rescue. [Photo/Lucy Gatimu]

In Brief

Well, Lucy Gatimu is a mother of three young girls who took to twitter to seek help for her girls who are in school but they are lacking basic school uniform since her meagre income cannot help much.

-A seemingly hurt Lucy apologised and pleaded with Otero to forgive her if what she requested angered Otero. But a charged Otero could not take in the apology instead went ahead to tell Lucy “tumia akili shenz type”, loosely translated to “use your brain, stupid.”

If you are a keen follower of trending tweets then you must have seen the name Lucy high up on Twitter ‘Kenya Trends’ section currently with over 35,000 tweets as we publish this story.

Well, Lucy Gatimu is a mother of three young girls who took to twitter to seek help for her girls who are in school but they are lacking basic school uniform and her meagre income cannot help much.

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Lucy came to the limelight after one Osama Otero started a tweet urging Kenyans to rally behind less privileged children who could not meet their school necessities. Otero urged Kenyans to start the fund drive by sparing as little as Sh600 to buy shoes or bags for needy school-going children.

The tweet by Osero prompted Lucy to respond in the comment section by asking him to start with her since she needed to raise extra cash for her girls’ school uniforms but the laundry job she was doing could not allow her.

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However, Otero’s response was what irked netizens, Otero told her to sell the phone she was using to tweet and buy the kids the spare uniform,and use the surplus to buy a cheaper phone.

A seemingly hurt Lucy apologised and pleaded with Otero to forgive her if what she requested angered Otero. But a charged Otero could not take in the apology instead went ahead to tell Lucy “tumia akili shenz type”, loosely translated to “use your brain, stupid.”

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It is from this point that netizens swang into action to help Lucy from the ‘abuse’ by Otero. They even started an online fundraiser to help Lucy achieve the dream of affording her daughters uniforms.

Otero later apologised but netizens had already ‘lynched’ him for what they termed as a bad response to someone who genuinely asked for help.

Below is the chain of tweets.

 


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