With no strong opposition to keep the government on its toes, social media users are boldly coming out as the new critics of unpopular decisions by the government.

The last few days have seen netizens storm social media platforms to blast the government after securing another massive loan from the International Monetary Fung (IMF).

So angry were the tweeps that they started an online petition to compel the Washington, DC-based lender to cancel the Ksh257 billion credit. Over 222,000 Kenyans have endorsed the petition.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has been the target of social media activism.

A majority of Kenyans accuse the Head of State and his administration of having an insatiable appetite for loans.

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But the biggest concern is that the citizenry cannot see the value for the borrowing.

Will these outbursts stop President Kenyatta from securing more loans? The answer is no.

In 2018, during roundtable interview with journalists, the Kenyan leader stated categorically that he would continue securing more loans.

In his argument, the President noted that many countries across the world borrow funds for development.

“It’s not about incurring debts, it’s how you use that debt. Are you using that debt to expand your economy? Are you using that debt to expand your GDP? Are you using that debt tom open up your country?” he asked.

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He defended the loans, saying that his administration has achieved so much as compared to previous governments.

“I have almost 60 per cent of the republic of Kenya connected to power? My friend, for those kind of results, I will borrow… I will continue to borrow,” he affirmed.

By the end of last year, the national debt had risen to Ksh7.2 trillion, with projections indicating that the public debt would have shot up to Ksh8.7 trillion by December 2021.

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