Kenyans on twitter are an unhappy lot after President Uhuru made an address in what they thought was a special address to the Kikuyu nation.
In a tweet shared by the official State House account, Kenyans were made aware that the president was making an official communication to Kenyans via Kikuyu dialect stations and that was not taken kindly.
President Uhuru’s message was to aimed to inform Kenyans on the measures so far taken by the Government in ensuring citizens continue with their lives in the wake of the fast-spreading infectious disease.
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) April 7, 2020
One user @T_Gathoni highlighted that Uhuru was doing the broadcast in Kikuyu, with an aim to clarify a lot of things to our elderly or those who don’t understand Swahili or English. She added that our leaders should start addressing people in a language they understand.
Uhuru doing that broadcast in Kikuyu has helped clarify a lot of things to our elderly or those who don’t understand Swahili or English. I think our leaders should start addressing people in a language they understand.
— T G 🇰🇪 (@T_Gathoni) April 7, 2020
Mutahi Ngunyi too was quick to support the president’s directive asking what more Kenyans wanted to hear that he never addressed yesterday.
“Uhuru addressed the country in ENGLISH yesterday. What MORE will he tell you in ENGLISH that he did NOT? Let him appeal to his CONSTITUENCY in a LANGUAGE they FEEL – Kikuyu. And if David Ndii does not LIKE it he can SIT on a PIN! Period.” he wrote.
LSK President NelsonHavi made a special request to Royal Media Services, asking them to give the rest of the radio stations a notice of when to tune in to Ramogi, Mulembe and other dialect radio stations.
Royal Media Services, give us notice of when to tune in to Ramogi, Mulembe, Egesa, Sulwe, Chamgei, Muuga, Musyi, Vuuka and Wimwaro FM. The President must speak to Luopeans, Luhyapeans and fellow tongue twisted natives. They too have attentive ears and working Transistor Radios.
— Nelson Havi (@NelsonHavi) April 7, 2020
Other Kenyans on twitter felt it was unfair of him to only communicate with ‘His people’. David Ndii in particular said the action was very shameful. “What is the president of late smoking and drinking. ? Speaking to Kikuyus alone. ?” he wrote.
Many Kenyans also joined in with mixed reactions and here were some of them;
Which president does that? When others nations are chanelling funds to fight #covid19, somebody here is giving musicians money worth 200m, when millions are sleeping hungry? Who does that?? Foolishness if you ask me. 😟
— Hon. Dismas Kogo (@Dismoh) April 7, 2020
Do all Kenyans speak and understand the Kikuyu language?
What is happening?
— ItsTrevorKE🇰🇪 (@ItsTrevorKe) April 7, 2020
Imagine wasting time listening to a president who awards 200M to artists whereas nurses are being underpaid yet they are our soldiers🙄
— 𝙲𝚈𝙼𝙾𝙷™ 🌬 ❁ (@ProfCymOhAFC) April 7, 2020
Uhuru Kenyatta was addressing in Kikuyu our vulnerable mums, dads and grandparents who do not understand English neither Kishahili. All national leaders should interpret what Uhuru said yesterday to these vulnerable old people in a language they will u/stand.@inoorotv @kameme101
— K wa K (@AMNdichu) April 7, 2020
President Uhuru addressed Kenyans yesterday, it was OK. Uhuru addresses Mt Kenya, it’s wrong. Kenya has fools. Irredeemable fools. No apologies.. Nding’oing’o and the likes can hang themselves. Kikuyu
— Mt Kenya Duke. (@Oratorjames) April 7, 2020