Outrage over Uhuru’s Facebook post
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first Facebook post since the Mandera terrorist attack that left 28 Kenyans dead was met with outrage from Kenyans who accused him of being insensitive.
Mr Kenyatta, who broke his social media silence with a Tuesday evening post, was met with torrents comments from angry Kenyans who doubted the importance of the bilateral talks.
The president posted: “I held bilateral talks with leaders from Jordan and the United Arab Emirates on issues of security, combating terrorism and stemming radicalisation.
“I first met His Royal Highness King Abdullah II of Jordan, with whom I discussed threats posed by terrorism to Kenya and the Middle East. Jordan is a leading player in efforts to secure peace in the Middle East and I asked that Jordan shares its experiences and expertise in tackling emerging terrorism threats.
“I also held talks with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. We discussed the latest techniques in surveillance and other technologies UAE uses in ensuring security for what has become an important regional business hub. I then met the Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of UAE, His Highness Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed and later held talks with the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdalla Bin Zayed.”
Though from the post the President had engaged UAE leaders in security talks seeking solutions to the Kenyan situations, the post was critisised widely with others stating that it is time for action and not talks.
“I held bilateral talks….,I first met….I discussed…,I asked….,I also held talks….We discussed….,I then met…..,later held talks. Honestly since March 2013 you have been meeting, talking and discussing while people are being killed left right n center, when will you implement the outcome of your talks?” Okoth Richard commented.
Paul Mburu Kaweru weighed in: “What is wrong with you sir? Talking talking the whole day. Always on Facebook doing nothing. Kutudanganya kama watoto. Tell us until when we have to wait?”
Philip Mwenda Muthamia went on: “Things are burning, security is no longer the same in Kenya. I fear the failed security systems will damage the brightening reputation of Jubilee government once and for all!”
Others felt that the President should have cancelled his trip after the Mandera Massacre.