Jubilee Party was more talked about than the Nasa alliance on Twitter in the past week, a review of Twitter data by Nation Newsplex and @Twitter reveals.
From 9pm on May 18 to 9pm on May 25, tweets referring to Jubilee were almost double (26,306) the ones that mentioned Nasa (15,387), just like the previous week.
Conversation about Jubilee peaked on Friday, May 19, while the National Super Alliance (Nasa) was the most talked about on May 23.
During the peak hour for Jubilee, which was noon on May 19, conversations mostly reacted to statements by President Uhuru Kenyatta when he accepted an endorsement of his presidential run from the Democratic Party of Kenya.
In total, 15 tweets were posted @UKenyatta in relation to the function during the hour but one tweet in particular got a lot of reaction. He said: “Intimidation of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Judiciary by the opposition is a factor of dictatorship.”
By May 26, it got 37 retweets, 48 replies and 88 likes. Among those who replied was user @j_okerowho said: “Thank you for the work you have done and that you are going to do as we vote for you next term.”
This refers to a Swahili proverb, “mkuki kwa nguruwe mtamu,kwa mwanadamu uchungu” (the spear is sweet to the pig but painful to the human).
It means some people have no problem when problems befall others, but are concerned when the same problems befall them. In other words, the Twitter user means the President is now concerned about intimidation even if he was not concerned earlier.
User @lawrmwangi was also not buying the President’s message. He said:could passing the security laws & election amendment laws also be termed as factors of dictatorship?
The second peak in conversation happened again at 6pm the same day when the President was endorsed by the Labour Party.
Nasa’s peak day was May 23, when Nasa’s presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, met with a delegation from West Pokot and Baringo counties at Orange House.
Even though the meeting took place at the 11am peak hour, what really drove Nasa-related conversations was the hashtag #10MVotesFor48MKenyans.
The leading emotion in the tweets that targeted Jubilee was anger (24 per cent) while the predominant sentiment in conversations that mentioned Nasa was funny (24 per cent)
Twenty three per cent of the comments that referred to Jubilee were positive, 21 per cent were negative and 56 per cent were neutral. On the other hand, twenty one per cent of the comments that mentioned Nasa were positive, 21 per cent were negative while 58 per cent were neutral.