Usijaribu kuomba pesa: Kenyans online tell Uhuru


President Uhuru Kenyatta met Bill and Melinda Gates, the founders of the Bill & Melinda Gates ...
President Uhuru Kenyatta met Bill and Melinda Gates, the founders of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. Photo/PSCU

In Summary

  • The photo posted shows Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Gates shaking hands and smiling at each other but when you scroll down to view the comments, you find one that says this: "Usijaribu kuomba pesa wewe," from @Zakalaah.
  • @stevohmuchoki adds: "Kopa tu bill gates na hujamalizana na kina donny yen..."
  • The president could not even meet the Portuguese without nervy Kenyans asking him to not come back with another loan.

Ever since President Uhuru Kenyatta approved the new tax laws that will see the cost of living hiked, Kenyans online have become unrelenting in their quest to directly express their sentiments.

In the era of social media, you need not pay a research company to round up a few Kenyans and ask them about their feelings.

No, you just log in and go straight to any of President Kenyatta’s social media pages and voila, all the sentiments are pasted there.

Mr. Kenyatta, obviously doesn’t even tweet or even have his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram passwords.

There is a highly paid Kenyan who does that so the president probably has no idea what people are saying.

Kenyans online recently descended on the President’s social media pages with harsh criticism over the new Finance Act and other issues plaguing the country.

Comments made on his official posts are a cocktail of hilarious sentiments, criticisms or thought provoking  responses.

Some remind him of Kenya’s high debt while others chastise the State’s huge appetite for borrowing funds from China and other foreign countries.

Take this tweet for instance when Mr. Kenyatta met with the second richest man in the world Bill Gates:

“Held discussions with @BillGates and @melindagates, the founders of the @gatesfoundation, on the sidelines of the 73rd #UNGA”

The photo posted shows Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Gates shaking hands and smiling at each other but when you scroll down to view the comments, you find one that says this: “Usijaribu kuomba pesa wewe,” from @Zakalaah.

@stevohmuchoki adds: “Kopa tu bill gates na hujamalizana na kina donny yen…”

The president could not even meet the Portuguese without nervy Kenyans asking him to not come back with another loan.

“I was delighted to meet and hold bilateral talks with the President of Portugal 🇵🇹, H.E. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa,”  @UKenyatta tweeted.

One @aganyodav responded saying: “But don’t borrow any money please…. Wacha tulipe China kwanza.”

@Wa_njoki_ followed up Aganyo’s response with a hilarious tweet: “China wamekuweka CRB sa umehamia Portugal?!”

Kenyans are relentless on their “do not borrow campaign” because even when the president shook hands with U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres and posts it on social media, he got this response:

“@momanyijose Don’t borrow anything don’t invite them to Kenya just ask them how they are and say goodbye please.”

@YouthKenyan added: “I’m reading this as borrowed some money from UN sec gen”

Not sure if this is hilarious, sad or both, but a section of Kenyans made fun of UNGA when it began trending online:

@philip_ndeto said: “So now you are going to add tax kwa Unga ama hio hashtag ya #UNGA is for what?”

Unga in Kiswahili language means flour but President Kenyatta is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

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