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Uhuru Returns to Social Media But Takes Drastic Steps to Face Bullies

by Robert Mwangi
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Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta has made a comeback on social media platforms after a three-year break.

His social media accounts were deactivated in March 2019, when he was serving his final term, which ended on November 13 this year.

Uhuru returns to the internet with a different approach altogether.

He has changed his username from Uhuru Kenyatta to “Office of the 4th President of the Republic of Kenya” and categorised it under History & Philosophy on Facebook

When his previous pages were deactivated, the State House reported that unauthorised persons had accessed them, prompting the decision.

Uhuru would later concede that he was bullied out of social media by the often mean, ruthless, and inconsiderate netizens.
He explained that incessant attacks on his timeline virtually on every post had exasperated him.

“I left Twitter (and other social media networks) because they are useless platforms – only insults. You can spend the whole night reading the abusive comments. I better spend that time with my wife (Margaret Kenyatta), sleep,, and wake up to go to work,” he said. At the time, Uhuru was the most followed Kenyan on Twitter with over 3.6 million followers.

Restricted Accounts

To mitigate that, the new accounts will be under great control and restrictions to minimise interactions that often result in insults.

On Twitter and Facebook, only permitted or tagged persons can react in the comments section. It means you can only like or retweet the posts.

However, the posts can still be reshared by people who want to comment either positively or negatively.

Before creating new accounts, a section of Kenyans had said there were missing the former Head of State.

The socials will keep Kenyans abreast of his activities.
President William Ruto appointed Uhuru as a regional and continental peace ambassador to Kenya, with his missions currently stretching to Ethiopia and DR Congo.

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