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Famed personalities who quit social media or don’t own accounts

By Wangu Kanuri September 15th, 2022 2 min read

Some politicians in Kenya have had to quit social media out of their own free will while others quit after encountering the unruly Kenyans on Twitter (KOT).

Here are some of them and why they quit social media

1. Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO | PSCU

The former President deactivated his Twitter account after getting constant insults and name-calling that flooded his timeline.

President Kenyatta said he would rather sleep and engage with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta rather than keep up with the social media platform.

When his account was deactivated, Uhuru was one of the most followed African leaders on Twitter as his handle @UKenyatta had around 3.62 million followers.

His Facebook account was also deleted shortly after.

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2. Fred Matiang’i

Outgoing Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL

The Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of the National government deactivated his Twitter handle just after President William Ruto was sworn in as Kenya’s fifth president.

The account had 1.3 million followers.

Dr Matiang’i had been a vocal supporter of Azimio Chief Raila Odinga throughout the campaign season, which always put him at loggerheads with the former Deputy President Ruto, the former’s main political rival.

3. Moses Kuria

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria speaking at Panafric Hotel in Nairobi on February 24,2020 during a meeting hosted by Mt Kenya Parliamentary group. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL

The former Gatundu lawmaker promised to deactivate his official Twitter account but it is still running confirming it was just a ‘promise’.

After President Ruto was sworn in, Kuria said, “My objective has been achieved. My good friend William Ruto is the 5th President of the Republic of Kenya. This account will be permanently deleted on Wednesday 14th September 2022 at 18:00 hours. It was great interaction guys. Adios!”

KOT is still waiting for the fulfilment of this ‘promise’.

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4. Winnie Odinga

Winnie Odinga, daughter of ODM party leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO | COURTESY

The daughter of Azimio la Umoja’s presidential candidate Raila Odinga deactivated her Twitter account moments after she exchanged harsh words with the party’s bloggers and supporters on the platform.

The war of words was over the 2022 general elections outcome.

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5. Samuel Kamau Macharia alias SK Macharia

Businessman SK Macharia. PHOTO | FILE

Recently, a Twitter and Facebook account emerged bearing his name and photos, especially after his involvement in the 2022 General Election. Macharia strongly supported former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga.

However, the tycoon distanced himself from those accounts and others on social media.

Further his company, Royal Media Service released a statement also disowning the accounts.

“This is to inform the general public that Dr S.K Macharia, Chairman of Royal Media Service, does not have any social media accounts on Facebook or Twitter or any other social media platforms,” the statement read.

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