People can’t agree on the legacy of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta
Kenyans on Twitter were split on the legacy of the first president, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, as the country marked 38 years since his death.
While some praised him for being a great visionary leader, others accused curriculum developers of deliberately brainwashing Kenyans with “lies” that painted him as a saint, something they he was not.
Mzee Kenyatta died on August 22, 1978.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, his son, led other leaders in laying a wreath at his mausoleum at Parliament buildings. Here we sample a few tweets.
Lister, actually, wants to view his remains.
— Joseph Lister Nyaringo (@ListerNyaringo) August 22, 2016
Nahasho thinks Kenyatta was a legend…
if you think Mzee Jomo Kenyatta is not a legend..stop carrying him in ur pockets
— Naha (@ItsNahashon) August 22, 2016
Would he be proud of Kenya today?
I am sure if Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and the rest of Kapenguria Six came back to life today they will be ashamed of what Kenya has become
— #MenENDFGM (@TonyMwebia) August 22, 2016
Others were not so loving.
Not my hero
well I have nothing nice to say about this "Mzee Jomo Kenyatta" and yeah, my conscience is clear, plus I know Kenya's history. not my hero
— iBAABS (@captain_babosa) August 22, 2016
Some even want his face off the currency.
Im Wondering Why The Jubilee Govt Hasn't Removed Images Of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta In Our Currencies. Constitution Demands So #PrideForNothing
— Dave Andres ?? (@its_devy) August 22, 2016
If only Mzee Jomo Kenyatta used his head to think instead of his 'huge stomach' – Kenya would really be far! A complete #SELLOUT!!
— M Onduko (@monduko) August 22, 2016
Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was a turncoat whose leadership was grounded on abnormal appetite for public resources, selfishness and assassinations.
— Augustine Alanga (@AugustineAlanga) August 22, 2016