Kenya's Trending Topics on April 16, 2018

  • Kenyans on Monday predicted that the three Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners who resigned would be back in government positions in no time.

    In a sarcastic twist to their resignation, a number of commentators argued that Vice Chairperson Nkatha Maina, Amb. Dr Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya had staged the resignation.

    They further castigated the commissioners as the alleged moles for Deputy President William Ruto.

    Here are some of the posts that were shared on the topics "IEBC", "DP Ruto" and "Connie Nkatha Maina".

    A number of commentators also took issue with Ms Mwachanya's difficulty in expressing herself in English, questioning her qualifications as a commissioner.

    The three commissioners cited poor leadership from Chairman Wafula Chebukati as their primary reason for leaving the commission.

    The Chairman, however, released a statement moments after the three announced their resignation outlining that he only learnt of the action through media reports and that no official communication had been relayed to him.

    Here are more comments that were shared.

    Kenneth Matiba

    Veteran politician Kenneth Matiba trended on Monday following his death at the Karen Hospital on Sunday evening.

    Condolence messages were shared by top leaders and ordinary citizens alike as they celebrated the democracy advocate as a patriot.

    The topic also emerged among Google's trending topics in Kenya for the day with over 50,000 searches.

    Here are some of the posts that were shared.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta

    President Uhuru Kenyatta trended on Monday as he left the country to attend the Commonwealth Summit meeting in London.

    Here are some of the posts that were shared.

    Wafula Chebukati

    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati trended on Monday after he issued a statement on the resignation of Vice-chairperson Consolata Maina, commissioner Margaret Mwachanya and commissioner Paul Kurgat.

    The IEBC preliminary statement shared widely by media houses conveyed that the Chairman had only received news of the mass resignation from the media and he would issue a comprehensive statement upon receipt of the resignations.

    Here are some of the posts that were shared.

    Brian Rono

    Brian Rono was a trending topic on Monday after he won the Blaze by Safaricom challenge and walked away with the Ksh5 Million cash prize.

    Here are some of the posts that were shared.