Kenya’s State House Spokesperson, Kanze Dena has disclosed how President Uhuru Kenyatta was forced to deactivate his social media accounts due to the eruption of majorly negative comments from the millions of his followers.
Kanze disclosed during an interview on Radio Maisha on Monday morning.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta’s social media accounts are his personal accounts. He has the right to activate and deactivate them. He has his reasons (for deactivating the accounts) and we have to respect that,” Kanze said.
“That said, I am surprised when the President is on social media, we turn up and abuse him most of the time, but when he deactivates his accounts, we still go about questioning why. It (the abuses) is not proper. We need to respect the President. He receives a lot of respect when he travels out of the country and we should emulate that,” she added.
President Kenyatta suddenly deactivated his social media accounts on March 22, breaking his nexus with his 3.62 million followers on his @UKenyatta Twitter account and millions more on his Uhuru Kenyatta Facebook page.
The State House Chief of Staff, Nzoika Waita also identified through his Twitter page, that the President had pulled down his accounts owing to ‘unauthorized access’.
“On account of unauthorized access to the official social media handles of H.E the President of the Republic of Kenyatta, Uhuru Kenyatta, all official social media handles for the President have been temporarily suspended to allow for the necessary remedial measures to be undertaken,” he wrote.
Kanze does not clarify if President Kenyatta will be reversing this decision later.