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Why President Kenyatta has stopped abusing people

By Mercy Simiyu February 24th, 2022 1 min read

President Uhuru Kenyatta says he will no longer abuse his critics as he’s now an old man.

The retiring President spoke on Wednesday during a meeting with area leaders and residents in Sagana

“People suggested I will come here and abuse people, that will not happen, I’m now an old man,” said the President, 60.

The statement marks a significant change in President Kenyatta’s leadership style, months to the end of his ten-year term of office.

The President was occasionally known to lose his rag and verbally hit out at people during his reign.

For instance, in 2017, he referred to Raila Odinga, his main opponent in the general elections as Muguruki, vernacular for mad man, during public campaigns. He later publicly apologized.

The President has also infamously referred to newspapers as a tool for wrapping meat, perhaps in a bid to downplay media reports.

The President also attracted criticism when he referred to Supreme Court Judges as Wakora, loosely translated to mean thugs.

That after the court annulled his electoral victory in 2017 and ordered a repeat of the elections within two months.

“They should know the law, previously I was the President. (Then) Chief Justice David Maraga and his wakora should know I’m now the president, I don’t know if you understand, the Chief Justice should now know he is dealing with the president,” said President Kenyatta.