President Kenyatta: Why I left Twitter


President Kenyatta: Why I left Twitter
A screenshot of President Uhuru Kenyattas Twitter account before it was deactivated in March 2019.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has not been active on social media for over a year now.

He deactivated his personal Twitter and Facebook accounts in March 2019, leaving official communication from the Presidency to be disseminated through official State House accounts. At the time, he was the most followed Kenyan with over 3 million Twitter followers.

The Head of State has now come out to reveal he quit social media due the barrage of insulting and distasteful comments he would receive as part of feedback from online users.

Speaking at the launch of Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) signature collection drive, the President said he now prefers physical engagement as better avenue for receiving feedback, which he said has been resourceful during the ongoing push for a referendum through the BBI process.

Kenyatta described Twitter as a useless platform full of insults that would only mess up his peace of mind.

“Mimi sio mtu wa hiyo (social media). Ata Twitter niliondoka huko nikaona hii kitu ni bure ni matusi tu hakuna kitu inaendelea huko. Unakaa hapo unasoma, hulali. Afadhali nipige story na mama, nilale, niamke, niende kazi na dunia iendelee,” Kenyatta said.

In contrast, his deputy Dr. William Ruto remains strongly active, using his Twitter account to air his views and react to nearly all matters concerning him including media headlines.

 

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