Kenyans are beginning to focus on the campaigns less than two months to the August 8 election, a review of Twitter conversation in the past eight weeks by Nation Newsplex and @Twitter reveals.

More than 100,000 tweets referenced the election from June 23-29, a 63 per cent increase compared to about 68,000 tweets that were shared from May 5-11.  Last week, 89,831 tweets referenced Election 2017, which was 22 per cent less than this week.

Jubilee more talked about than Nasa

From June 23-29, Jubilee was most talked about political party on Twitter, dislodging the National Super Alliance (Nasa) from top spot. Jubilee was referenced in 71,873 tweets, double the number related to NASA, which was 34,070 tweets.

On Jubilee’s peak day, June 26, conversations were driven by the collapse of the Sigiri Bridge in Budalang’i that was recently inspected by President Uhuru Kenyatta, and the launch of the Jubilee manifesto. 

On that day, Jubilee was referenced in 20,605 tweets, about two-thirds the number of tweets the party got in an entire week from May 5-11.  Jubilee’s previous peak day was June 26 when the party was referenced in over 9,900 tweets.

Some Jubilee supporters were quick to conclude that there were sinister motives behind the collapse of the bridge. @atanasi said: “Vandalism is a serious crime. Kenyans must condemn this with the strongest terms possible#EnemiesOfKenya”.  

But@K_mountainous  said: “The country just lost 1.2 Billion just like that? Who is going to pay for this#SigiriBridgefiasco? It's not a laughing matter.”

But by the peak hour, 9pm, focus had shifted to Kasarani Stadium where the party was launching its manifesto.   During that hour 3,070 tweets were shared.

On NASA’s peak day, June 27, there were 8, 024 comments related to the party on Twitter. Events on this day included the launch of the Nasa Manifesto at Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi.

The conversations were also driven by a tweet from@RailaOdinga, evoking US President Ronald Reagan, in which he said:  “On 8/8, the Kenyan voter will make a decision based on a simple question; 'Are you better off now than you were four and half years ago?". The tweet had 1, 029 retweets, 1417 likes and 319 replies.

@Ian_kimathireplying to@RailaOdinga’s pledge that Nasa was committed to eradicating corruption said: “This is one thing that I am sure Raila hates. Corruption is not in his league.”

@Daniel_Osiemosaid: “#NASAManifestoI strongly believe that NASA will deliver on its manifesto and would like to recommend@RailaOdinga for President.”

But@MunyuaNduati was not convinced that Nasa has anything to offer Kenya. Replying to @RailaOdinga’s tweet of the Kenyan voter choosing based on their state for the past four and a half years he said:  “Nothing new... we are better with jubilee than a clueless amorphous NASA. A recycled regime.”

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