President Kenyatta’s past comments made corruption the most talked about issue in relation to the election on Twitter this week, an examination of Twitter data by Nation Newsplex and @Twitter shows.
From June 2 to June 8, one in four tweets that referred to the 10 key topics that the Nation Media Group is tracking in relation to the elections focused on corruption. Only four per cent of the tweets on corruption were positive, 42 per cent were negative and 54 per cent neutral.
Many of the tweets reacted to @WanjikuRevolt who shared a past video of President Uhuru Kenyatta, when he was the leader of the opposition advising on how to deal with a corrupt government. “Kenyans, I propose we take his advice! What do you think? #UhuruMustGo!” @WanjikuRevolt said.
The tweet got 383 retweets, 243 likes and 29 responses.
A tweet from @UKenyatta, on May 6, only added fuel to the fire. The tweet said: “I will beat Raila again.” It got 323 retweets, 633 likes and 316 replies, most of which were negative. @KomborayReplying to the tweet said: “Mr. President, it's no longer about Raila, it's about corruption and ineptitude in your government.”
But others rallied behind the president’s message. @RutinoPeter said: “I really support that strongly but we must be ready fight this enemy known as corruption.” @FGamadid said: Our nation cannot be sustained for as long as we have corruption and tribalism in high office. Let’s vote wisely @RailaOdinga @UKenyatta.”
Corruption has been among the top three topics of conversations since May 5 when the Nation Media Group started tracking election-related conversation. The issue replaced Education from the top spot. With 20 per cent of the tweets, education came second while the economy was third with 16 per cent.
The top trending sentiment in relation to the corruption tweets was nepotism and ignominy.
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