Starting this week, Nation Newsplex will track and chart the issues driving discussion on Twitter throughout the campaign period and determine who the most talked about campaigners are.
We are tracking these 10 topics: drugs and corruption, food and water, health, economy, security, jobs, education, Kenyan spirit, devolution and land reforms. In total there were 4,590 tweets on the 10 topics from May 5 to 11, 2017.
Which topics drove the social media conversation?
In the past week, corruption was the most talked about issue from among the 10 key topics that the Nation Media Group is tracking.
Online discussion on this topic was spurred by the US government suspending Sh2 billion in aid to Kenya’s Ministry of Health due to concerns over corruption and weak accounting procedures. Following the suspension, opposition leaders condemned the government for failing to fight corruption.
A third of the sentiments were positive, two-thirds were neutral and 11 per cent were negative. Corruption featured in a third of all tweets. User @khamwin said: “I congratulate the USA for suspending health support to the Kenya Government. @UKenyatta, see what ua corrupt relatives have begotten u!”
Another user @victorkatulwa said: “@KaruguMureithi @RailaOdinga We are in Egypt. Lets try Raila. These guys of digital...Corruption (NYS,SGR), Economic crisis, Shida tupu!”
But user @ezmwang had a different view. He said “#JKLive yes I will vote for @UKenyatta, he has done his best to deal with corruption, electricity, laptops in schools, free maternity, SGR”
Food and water came in second with 13 per cent of the tweets, followed by health with 12 per cent. The debate on food was spurred by State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu announcing that President Kenyatta was concerned by the rising cost of essential commodities and had settled on fresh measures, through a supplementary budget, to address the situation.