Uhuru’s development praise elicits harsh online exchange

The Twitter clash was yet another of the social site’s battles that have become common with #KOT (Kenyans on Twitter).

Wednesday January 13 2016

President Uhuru Kenyatta, accompanied by Nyali MP Awiti Bolo and other leaders, waves at his supporters during a tour of the Kongowea Market in Mombasa on January 12, 2016.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, accompanied by Nyali MP Awiti Bolo and other leaders, waves at his supporters during a tour of the Kongowea Market in Mombasa on January 12, 2016. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

By JEREMIAH KIPLANG'AT
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Opponents and supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday engaged in a day-long social media battle over the development record of his government since taking office three years ago.

The exchanges, mostly on Twitter, were set off by the hashtag #RaisMchapaKazi, started by Mr Kenyatta's supporters, who praised the President for initiating a range of projects over the last three years.

The Twitter clash was yet another of the social site's battles that have become common with #KOT (Kenyans on Twitter).

The President has been away in Mombasa since the start of the year and has been busy engaging with the residents in a bid to woo them to the ruling coalition.

He has issued tittle deeds to squatters in Lamu and Mombasa counties in addition to making surprise trips to key government institutions, including the Kenya Ferry Services.

COAST VISIT

The exchange kicked-off during a press briefing by the President’s spokesman, Mr Manoah Esipisu, at State House, Mombasa, where he cited the achievements of the Head of State’s visit to the Coast.

The briefing was aired live on KBC TV.

Later, Mr Esipisu uploaded his statement on his Twitter handle under the same hash tag.

“In 2016 the Government will launch the programme to build 8,000 KM of new tarmacked roads and will cover every county of Kenya," said Mr Esipisu as he addressed journalists.

“Some 8,939 title deeds for Kwale, 5,121 for Taita Taveta and 2,554 for Kilifi are ready and will be issued in the coming days,” he added.

CRITICISED

“Work hard in silence and let your success make noise on your behalf. #RaisMchapaKazi,” said Dennis Migono.

They cited the struggling economy, insecurity and heightened corruption as some of the government’s failures.

“It seems he has done so much, I hope he won't be asking for more time come 2017 #RaisMchapaKazi,” said Simon Ingari.

They said several key promises by the Jubilee coalition had not been achieved with about two years before the next elections. They cited the stagnated laptop project and the failure to build stadiums in each county as promised as some of the unfulfilled pledges.

Those who supported the President said he had steadied the economy and given title deeds to many squatters in the coastal region.

“#RaisMchapaKazi revoked 353,770 acres in Lamu that had been subdivided into 12 Parcels of land during James Orengo tenure,” said Amina Mohammed (not the CS).

“Whether you like him or not. He's doing his best and he's one of a kind president. You'll miss him when he's not in power #RaisMchapaKazi,” said Mercy Cheptoo.

“#RaisMchapaKazi But If you were actually working why would you work so hard to convince people that you are working?” said @skratch_here.

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