#UhuruChallenge: Kenyans mock president for launching projects [Funniest Tweets]

Social media users in Kenya have been poking fun at President Uhuru Kenyatta over his perceived enthusiasm for launching projects, with great fanfare from his communications staff.

 

Critics say some of the projects “launched” by the president were already under way or had already been commissioned. Some others have been viewed as not meriting the weight of presidential publicity.

 

Last week, Mr Kenyatta, who faces elections in August, was in the city of Mombasa where he launched a footbridge, proudly described as a “non-motorized transport project”.

 

Some Twitter users have taken this as a cue to mock the president.

 

Using the hashtag #UhuruChallenge, they posted their own examples of things they were “launching” or “commissioning”.

https://twitter.com/TheJimmy_K/status/817716615483629568

https://twitter.com/m_monyorwa/status/817722170428166144

https://twitter.com/mbuuwaithaka/status/817793490369187840

https://twitter.com/kelvyn_monroe/status/817752639844782080

https://twitter.com/Antownee/status/817733772028379136

 

#PHOTONEWS: Uhuru Kenyatta Writes Condolence Messages To Affected Families Of Garissa Attack, He Addressed Each Family Seperately

President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta shared this touching message on his facebook account:

“I wrote a condolence message to each of the families of the victims of the Garissa University College terrorist attack. I wrote to them in humility to express my regret at the loss of their beloved children. I asked them to accept my condolences and that of the entire country. I promise that as a Nation, we shall never forget them, nor forgive those who took their lives. My Government is increasing efforts to contain the threat of terrorism we assure you of justice for this brutality. We pledge to work harder for a better and more just country in honour of the memory of those we have lost.”

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Al Shabaab: Kenya Appoints New Intelligence Chief

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Kenya on Thursday swore in a new intelligence chief, Major-General Philip Kameru, in the bid to address the rising threat from Al Shabaab militants in neighboring Somalia bent on retaliation after U.S. missiles last week killed their leader and co-founder Ahmed Godane.

Major-General Kameru’s appointment as the new director general of Kenya’s National Intelligence Service comes nearly a year after Al Shabaab gunmen killed 67 people in an attack on Nairobi shopping mall.

Kenyan security bosses were lambasted by the public for failing to prevent the four-day siege and Kameru’s predecessor, retired Major-General Michael Gichangi, resigned in August under pressure over a rise in attacks blamed on Al Shabaab.

Al Shabaab had pledged that they would take revenge for Kenyan and Western involvement in Somalia.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he picked Kameru for his success in intelligence-gathering in Somalia.

In a statement from the presidency on Thursday, Kenyatta told the new security chief to work effectively with other government officials.

Hague Prosecutors Ask to Stop Kenyan President’s Trial

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International Criminal Court case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta ended on Friday when prosecutors conceded the country’s refusal to cooperate. This means they would not have enough evidence to put him on trial. The decision to stop the much-delayed trial, which was due to start on October 7, is a serious blow to the decade-old war crimes tribunal, which has suffered from a string of end cases and accusations it singles out Africans for prosecution.

The case against Kenyatta, who was accused of stoking a wave of lethal inter-ethnic violence after Kenya’s 2007 presidential elections, had been postponed several times as prosecutors tried to gather evidence against the politician.

 ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a filing, asking judges to adjourn the case indefinitely. He said, “The accused person in this case is the head of a government that has so far failed fully to comply with its obligations to the Court.”

Kenyatta, the son of his country’s founder, was elected president in 2012 and immediately began rallying Kenya’s African Union allies in a diplomatic push to have the charges against him dropped, along with those against his deputy, William Ruto, who is already on trial on separate but similar charges.

Prosecutors had asked Kenyan authorities to provide their president’s phone and bank records in the hope this would yield the evidence they needed to convict him after their case was weakened by the withdrawal of star prosecution witnesses.