Uhuru joins Africa’s top 10 tweeting politicians

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No sooner had Uhuru Kenyatta been declared winner of last month’s General Election than he updated his @UKenyatta Twitter handle to read: President-Elect, The Republic of Kenya.

When the Supreme Court upheld his victory on Saturday, Kenyatta took to the micro blogging site to thank his supporters and express his elation at the judgment.

“Thank you Kenya. Thank you Kenya. Thank you Kenya. I pledge that I will deliver. God Bless you all,” tweeted the President-elect on March 30.
The post has so far been retweeted or shared 710 times and marked as ‘favourite,’ the equivalent of ‘like’ by a further 291 followers.

The 51-year old @UKenyatta is set to be Kenya’s first tweeting President; and East Africa’s third Head of State to have a verified Twitter account after Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania.

He was in October last year listed among Africa’s top 10 tweeting politicians by British newspaper the Guardian. Last week, he appeared on Sahan Journal’s list of top 10 African presidents on Twitter.

Mr Kenyatta joins @PaulKagame and @jmkikwete who are the region’s active tweeps in the social blogosphere.