President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday 25 November 2020 revealed the reason why he quit Twitter and every other social media platform.
While speaking during the official launch of the signature collection of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report at the Kenyatta International Conventional Center (KICC), the Head of State said that Twitter would give him sleepless nights.
He mentioned that he saw that Twitter was full of nothing but insults and he was tired of reading them at night.
He noted that he prefers chatting with his wife who is the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta before sleeping instead of going to see what was happening on social media platforms.
He pointed out that he also does not pay too much attention to what is published in newspapers and prefers having a one-on-one conversation with people.
“Mimi si mtu wa Twitter na hizo zingine, niliondoka. Niliona hapo hakuna kitu kingine ni matusi tu! Unakaa hapo ukisoma… hulali, ukiangalia huyu anasema nini, na huyu mwingine alafu unapiga simu, ‘Unaona vile huyu mtu amenitusi?’“
“Afadhali nilale bwana, nipige story kidogo hapo na mama, nilale, niamke niende kazi na dunia iendelee. I meet people personally and we engage, I don’t fancy social media,” he said.
Uhuru Kenyatta’s Twitter account was deactivated in March 2019 when he had the largest following in Africa for a politician.
State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita at the time explained that all President Uhuru’s social media handlers had been temporarily suspended to allow some remedial measures.
In 2018, Uhuru Kenyatta’s communication channels were renamed with Waita explaining that the purpose was to enhance easier accessibility and flow of information from his office.
Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) are known to call out leaders who seem to not be doing their work or disrespecting them.
A number of Kenyan leaders have been forced to deactivate their social media platforms or take a break from them after Kenyans on Twitter go after them.