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How Uhuru has become a hate figure for Kenyans online

By PETER MBURU September 25th, 2018 2 min read

Kenyans on social media have been defiantly displaying their low regard for President Uhuru Kenyatta since last week when he signed the Finance Bill, 2018, that raised the cost of living.

The president’s posts on Twitter and Facebook on his foreign trips and official engagements have been greeted with a barrage of criticism and ridicule from Kenyans.

Mr Kenyatta, for instance, has been warned not to commit Kenya to any other foreign loan. Others have told him to keep his foreign engagements to himself and stop posting photos of his whereabouts on social media.


On Monday, the president’s posts on histrip to New York for the United Nations General Assembly followed a now familiar pattern of drawing anger from his followers.

“Quality conversations with the Chancellor of Austria ??, H.E. Sebastian Kurz and the President of Austria, H.E. Alexander Van der Bellen about the EU/Africa Forum in Austria in December and the Blue Economy Conference in November #UNGA,” the President posted together with photos.

Justus Too quickly replied; “You mean the world have not realized here is a guy going around the world eating their food and borrowing their money?!”

“WHAT quality? Ask the Austrian Chancellor whether his fellow Austrians sleep hungry. Ask the Austrian Chancellor whether corruption is a tourist attraction as in Kenya,” wondered Guanta Namo.

Jeremy Wakamu also addressed the President. “How do you expect me to mind about you sijui meeting who sijui from where while my kinsmen back at our village are paying more for kerosene to light their small tin lamps i.e money equivalent to amount per litre to fuel Brookside diesel trucks carrying the same poorly paid milk by brookside that they milk from their emaciated cows.”


Others WARNED President Kenyatta not to burden Kenyans with another loan.

“Do everything you can there ..but please don’t come back with another loan ..” said Jacob Man Untd.

Nick Tuwei said; “Hatutasahau! Hautatufunika! Hautatuziba macho! Meet everyone you want,say anything good about them. Infact ask them to host you up/down there. When you are away we feel less suffocated by the tax you left behind. My plea is when you decide to come back,please don’t come with any more debts. We besiege you. It was better while we waited. No hayo tu kwa Sasa.”

The President also posted about his other engagement. “Attended the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem meeting hosted by US ?? President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly #UNGA”.


But Kenyans did not change their responses.

Lawre Hernandez Koome said; “The last time I checked you had cut on travel expenses for the executive and other institutions in the name of prudence use of taxes, how come you travelled?”

“Inform Trump that Kenya is now selling kerosine @ 120per litre,and we are operating under China uniform,” said Hon Paul Onchoke Ogwankwa.

“Well done our travelling President. By the way, when are you visiting Kenya?” chuckled Kimson Kimani Kim.