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‘Tweeting chief’ Francis Kariuki, leaves lasting legacy

Popular Chief, Francis Kariuki, has died.

Chief Kariuki died on Wednesday afternoon as he was receiving treatment at Nakuru level five Hospital. He had fallen ill the previous evening.

His son confirmed the news while speaking to the Nation. Ken Kariuki said that his father fell ill on Tuesday. They rushed him to Evans Sunrise Hospital before he was transferred to the Nakuru Level Five Hospital. According to the family, he had been suffering from diabetes for a long time.

Chief Kariuki was the administrator of Lanet Umoja, Nakuru North District and had been very active on Twitter.

Text-based subscription

Kariuki joined the app in 2011 and had been using the app to reach out to the public. He also had a text-based subscription model system that would allow residents not on Twitter to have access to his tweets as free messages.

His tweets reduced crime rates in Lanet Umoja. An example is his tweet in 2012.

“Kuna wezi kwa baba Kelven saa hii pale Tunuane. Wako sitting room. Tafadhalini tusaidiane,” he tweeted. Residents rushed over to the homestead. Their commotion alerted the thugs, leaving them scurrying for safety.

In a CNN interview, Chief Kariuki said that he urged residents to subscribe to the text messaging service during barazas.

“It has not only saved on the cost of fliers, it has also allowed us to save trees and contribute to green efforts.” He said. Among the people that received his messages were also the police and the thieves in the area.

Before becoming Chief, Kariuki was a teacher for 21 years. Indeed, he was a deputy teacher for four years and headteacher for six at the Lords School, Kambi Moto, Rongai.

He would then take up the administrative post in 2009, becoming the first Lanet Umoja chief.

Chef Kariuki graduated with a Counseling Psychology degree in 2015. He had been pursuing it through virtual learning.

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