Former Nation Media Group (NMG) chief executive officer Linus Gitahi has caused a stir on social media after tweeting an important fact about Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Mr Gitahi shocked many of his followers when he revealed that "Uganda and TZ are exporting more food to Kenya than any other point in history".
Now Uganda and TZ are exporting more food to Kenya than any other point in history.Did our weather change ?Did we industrialise ?Or did we just become sloppy in agriculture as we did in education and and health ?A sober reflection and recalibration needed in this land.
- Linus Gitahi (@LinusGitahi) February 7, 2018
He called for a "sober reflection and recalibration". His tweet has been shared more than 1,800 and liked over 2,000 times.
Recent surveys have shown that many Kenyans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.
The most recent survey was in May 2017 that showed that at least seven out of 10 Kenyans were convinced the country was not heading in the right direction.
Most replies to Mr Gitahi's tweet agreed with his assessment and offered their reasons as to why Uganda and Tanzania had outpaced Kenya.
Kenya is the economic powerhouse of the region although there are studies suggesting that regional countries are fast bridging the gap.
The IMF data last year put Kenya's GDP at $75.1 billion, Tanzania's at $ 51.2 billion and Uganda at $ 27.2 billion.
Here are a few reactions to Mr Gitahi's tweet:
Sober reflection ... such words are absent from Kenyan dictionary ...
-- Dr. Paula Kahumbu (@paulakahumbu) February 7, 2018
We are being punished for the disrespect for humanity and killing of innocent children in the name of politics of hate😑
-- omang'era (@omangera) February 8, 2018
Tribalism became the engine of growth as technically know who became the bedrock of success.Agriculture is no longer the backbone of our economy while performance in not a measure for retention in Govt employment.#Mediocrity is celebrated!
-- Gor Semelang'o,HSC (@Gorsemelango1) February 8, 2018
We started cheating farmers with substandard fertilizers and fake seeds. All with intention of making quick bucks from selected food importers.
-- Charles Mwabili (@CMwabili) February 7, 2018
The root cause of non performance of all important sectors; agriculture, health, education is bad politics. Engendering mega corruption. One cannot run away from that truth.
-- Evans Kinyua (@EvansKinyua17) February 7, 2018