Kenyan Youth Share Their Frustration With President Uhuru Kenyatta Using the #DearPresidentUhuru Hashtag
Social media has come alive today with #DearPresidentUhuru posts blasting the current government.
The Kenyan twitterverse is alive and well with the thoughts of its people. Today, many Kenyans took to the social media outlet to voice their displeasure at the actions–or lack thereof–of the country's president Uhuru Kenyatta. Their battle weapon? The hashtag #DearPresidentUhuru.
There have been growing tensions between the public and the president since he was sworn into office in 2013. The president ran a campaign that spoke to the youth and promised new jobs. In fact, some credit his election and re-election on the fact that he promised more work for Kenyan youth. That promise has fell through as an increasing number of small businesses are closing and the unemployment rate for youth aged 15-24 is a staggering 26.2 percent, according to a 2018 report from the UNDP. Earlier this week, two major sports betting firms SportPesa and Betin, announced they will leave Kenya in response to a tax raise on their operations. The closure of these two companies alone will result in an estimated 2,500 jobs lost.
While workforce is a main cause for concern for young Kenyans, they are also frustrated with the humanitarian efforts of the government under Uhuru's rule. A major point of contention is the lack of action government bodies took to rescue victims of a ferry accident in Likoni earlier this week. The accident resulted in the death of a 35-year-old woman and her four-year-old daughter, their bodies still have not been recovered.
The #DearPresidentUhuru posts are a direct look into the psyche of Kenya's young citizens. They vary from the serious and poignant to outright hilarious jabs at the administration. Check out some of them below.