President Uhuru Kenyatta has been viciously attacked by Burundians who accuse him of supporting Pierre Nkurunzizaâ€™s controversial third term in office despite the ongoing deadly post-election violence in the country.
The Burundians have camped on Twitter since Saturday using the hashtag #SomeoneTellUhuru after the Kenyan leader met Nkurunzizaâ€™s allies and paraded them at State House, Nairobi.
The hashtag remained largely invisible until some Kenyans latched onto it Monday.
President Kenyatta later tweeted: â€œThey informed me tht the govâ€™t of President Pierre Nkurunziza & the opposition had agreed to work together for the interest of their country.â€
Some Burundians interpreted that as an endorsement by President Kenyatta, disregarding the continued loss of lives that preceded and followed the July presidential election.
President Nkurunziza garnered 69.41 percent of the votes. Dozens have been killed in the violence that has forced more than 175,000 people to take refuge in neighbouring countries.
— Steve NDIKUMWENAYO (@ndikumwenayo) September 5, 2015
— President Onevoice â„¢ (@OnevoiceEA) September 5, 2015
— Heaven (@HeavenTeph) September 7, 2015
— IGOR NDARISON (@IGORNDARISON) September 7, 2015
— LibreVoix (@LibrevoLibre) September 6, 2015
I was away of twitter all day but #SomeoneTellUhuru that ignoring Burundi Crisis won't change the fact that kenya can be next
— Judicaelle Irakoze (@JUDICAELLE_) September 6, 2015
— Ihuriro RNCWorldWide (@RNCWorldWide) September 6, 2015
— hamudi balala (@hamudi_za) September 7, 2015
But UK has not shown any mettle in the diplomatic space. He is a status quo kinda guy. #SomeoneTellUhuru
— Morris K. (@Owaahh) September 6, 2015
— AmahoroIwacu (@AmahoroI) September 5, 2015
#SomeoneTellUhuru he is being fooled by PN and his clique
— ArsÃ¨ne F. (@arseneflo) September 5, 2015