John Michuki’s Death as Reported on Social Media and the Hypocrites
Finally President Kibaki confirmed on Tuesday night that Kenya’s immediate former Environment Minister, John Michuki, had died. The news of death of Michuki was broken on Social media on Monday but the mainstream media saw it as a chance to portray social media as evil and alarmist.
Today, this irked everyone;
Within few minutes of tweeting the rumoured death and posting it on Facebook, comments started pouring with some people, mainly supporters of Michuki, arguing that nobody should rumour anyone’s death. It did not take long before the infamous Kenya Government Spokesman, Alfred Mutua, sent out a statement to all media houses refuting the rumour.
On Monday Itumbi Tweeted;
BREAKING: John Michuki dies in United Kingdom
— Dennis Itumbi (@OleItumbi) February 20, 2012
I also Tweeted;
Rumour has it that Environment Minister, John Michuki, has died in UK. We are waiting for credible info on this.
— Robert Alai (@RobertAlai) February 20, 2012
The news however went viral with the discussion still dominating twitter on Tuesday. It again exploded after President Kibaki’s statement. Most of the users are praising Michuki but the truth is that Michuki killed more Kenyans with his orders while Minister for Provincial Administration and Internal Security. While at Ministry of Transport, he issued some Michuki rules which were only respected while he was a Minister there.
Why should we worry that #JohnMichuki is dead? The guy killed enough Kenyans with his stupid and primitive orders
— Robert Alai (@RobertAlai) February 22, 2012
A great manager put structures. Michuki ruled by decree and nor in an orderly manner. I appreciate his death because of the manner he killed young Kenyans branded as Mungiki and those who were voicing their opposition after the 2007 General Election. I truly believe that the death of Michuki is more of a blessing to Kenya.
Lets be honest when people dies. Michuki was more of a liability to the Kenyans.