13 March 2019

Kenyatta Tweeted in French and Kenyans Are Panicking

Photo: @AP/Twitter
The Associated Press tweet about the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday veered from the norm and Tweeted in French, perhaps in a bid to accord visiting French President Emanuel Macron a warm reception.

Je suis ravi d'accueillir mon ami Son Excellence Président Emanuel Macron de la République de France à State House, Nairobi. Le kenya et la France entretiennent des relations cordiales qui ont permis de stimuler la croissance dans différents secteurs au benefice de nos peuples.

- Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) March 13, 2019

The English version of the tweet read: "I am delighted to welcome my friend His Excellency President Emanuel Macron of the Republic of France to State House, Nairobi. Kenya and France have a cordial relationship that has helped to stimulate growth in different sectors to the benefit of our peoples."

RESPONSES

Understandably, this unusual behaviour by President Kenyatta elicited a varied responses from his followers on the social media platform.

Among them was @bpmasinde who attempted to explain, in corrupted French that corruption was killing President Kenyatta's legacy.

Oui. Monsieur le corruption is le kulaing ze legacy. et la France wanajua. Make corruption le Big ONE.

- Bahati (@bpmasinde) March 13, 2019

William Masiga cheekily suggested that the president was speaking in tongues.

Raia watasema he is blessed, speaking in tongues

- William Masiga (@williamasiga) March 13, 2019

A couple of followers were cautious to the possibility the President was about to 'borrow' a loan from the French President on behalf of Kenya.

Hii Loan unaomba France utalipa mwenyewe. Ata ugeuze lugha, tunajua ni loan unaomba...

- Keyser Söze (@KwaMacho) March 13, 2019

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