Nairobi News


Twitter on the spot for suspending football expert’s account

The Twitter account of a prominent football expert turned critic of football authorities @KenyaFootball has been suspended.

The development comes barely a week to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) elections scheduled for March 12th in Rabat, Morocco.

“Your account has been suspended for violating Twitter rules,” a message sent to the account holder read in part.

The social media application did not, however, clarify the allegation.

Francis Gaitho who is associated with the Twitter handle has consistently exposed what he terms as “undue influence” of FIFA in the elections, as they seek to impose their candidates.

Sports journalists from established media houses including BBC have tweeted about the suspension, drawing parallels to the hotly contested elections.

Amongst the presidential candidates for the Caf presidency include South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe, Senegal’s Augustin Senghor, Mauritania’s Ahmad Yahya, and Ivory Coast’s Jacques Anouma.

Kenya’s Nick Mwendwa is gunning for a FIFA Council seat and he is facing off against a crowded pool of contestants including Tanzania’s Wallace Karia, Zambia’s Andrew Kamanga, Malawi’s Walter Nyamilandu and Nigeria’s Amaju Pinnick.

According to reports, Francis Gaitho’s Twitter handle was gaining prominence as the source of information and would have likely influenced the outcome of the elections.