Last week, Kenyans on Twitter revived the #UhuruChallenge hashtag, this time to mock President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to make a big deal of the launch of a footbridge in Mombasa.
On Thursday, January 5, 2017, President Kenyatta wrote on his Facebook page, “Commissioned the Buxton Footbridge Non-Motorized Transport Project in Mombasa. We are commissioning projects worth Ksh. 3.2 Billion in Mombasa today.”
However, this commissioning hasn’t gone down well with a lot of Kenyans, many of them taking to social media to ridicule the president by launching and commissioning their own ‘petty projects’.
— Enc (@_7nth) January 7, 2017
— Jack Reacher (@roomthinker) January 7, 2017
launched the final phase of this nivea lotion pic.twitter.com/NS96oMbnTc
— 莫丝 (@m_monyorwa) January 7, 2017
— Rubin anthony (@Rubinanthonyh) January 7, 2017
— Nova Waithaka (@mbuuwaithaka) January 7, 2017
This one is different, it’s a jab.
— KB (@KinyuaKibiru) January 7, 2017
— Imran (@TheAfroIndian) January 7, 2017
— Oremo (@r0578) January 7, 2017
With love, from Zimbabwe…
— Robert Mugabe (@MUGABEzw) January 7, 2017
And then there’s this…
— silo kim (@silokim) January 7, 2017
— ®ⓘⓒⓗⓐⓡⓓツ (@Ulopa_) January 8, 2017
The Buxton footbridge is the first in Mombasa; other projects commissioned that day include the Bamburi storm water drainage, high mast floodlights, and the Ziwa la Ng’ombe informal settlement improvement project, all funded by the Kenyan national government with the aid of the World Bank under the Municipal Programme Project.
This won’t be the first time Kenyans have used the hashtag to parody their president. Back in September 2016, Uhuru Kenyatta visited Kiambu County where he launched a lighting project. Upon stepping into a room and, perhaps, seeing it in a state he wasn’t used to, his reaction was caught on camera:
A few hours later, social media was flooded with images of people mimicking the president and his cabinet secretary, Charles Keter’s reactions:
— Robert ALAI (@RobertAlai) October 4, 2016
— John Mwinzi (@johnmwinz) October 5, 2016