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Uhuru’s tweet on Winnie Mandela goes viral for the wrong reasons

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tweet eulogising the late Winnie Mandela went viral on social media over claims of plagiarism.

President Kenyatta had on his official Twitter account praised the late Winnie Mandela who died on Monday at the age of 81 years as a courageous woman and a freedom fighter.

“In the end, her courage was rewarded: she lived to see Mandela free; she lived to see her country liberated; and she went on to serve a free South Africa until her death,” tweeted Mr Kenyatta.

A Cameroonian news website, Cameroon Voice, carried the quote -alongside others- in their story titled “Africa Mourns Courageous Winnie Mandela”.

The story captured condolences sent by different African head of states on Winnie Mandela’s death.

A Kenyan tweep, however, juxtaposed Uhuru’s tweet with a screenshot of the online story, and misleadingly claimed that the president’s tweet was a product of plagiarism.

Some Kenyans on Twitter blindingly delivered a harsh judgement on Mr Kenyatta without realising that the website was actually quoting the president’s tweet.

Here are some of the tweeps who fell for the blunder.