In a post on his social media account, opposition CORD blogger Dikembe Disembe urged the new government to ‘up Jubilee issues online from the ‘pettiness suspected rapists like Mugo plunged them into’. For the first time, Dikembe appears to have kind word for his nemesis Dennis Itumbu but also President Uhuru.
Dennis Itumbi invited me to 2013 social media day. The invite came through ODM Director of Elections Phil Etale. I attended. Since then, I haven’t attended any other meeting of Kenya’s ‘bloggers’, though I have received invitations.
As early as 2013, Itumbi was working on a way the government would recognize bloggers and hackers in its digital operations.
That this has materialised is such a positive step. What the government does with its bloggers is a different story.People always think it is easy to blog. To market a particular point of view.
In CORD, I have often heard how certain well-placed factotums dismiss the few volunteer bloggers doing their little bit to keep its narrative alive. I hope the revelation that the government has employed both self-taught geeks and real graduates in IT, Journalism, Political Science, Law, Marketing and other other disciplines to be in charge of its online ‘image’ will be a wake up call.
President Uhuru doesn’t deserve many things but one thing even those of us who jeer his policies daily are grateful of is his digitizing presidential politics.
I only hope this new team will ‘up’ Jubilee issues online from the pettiness suspected rapists like Mugo plunged them into. I urge them to peddle whatever it is they will peddle, but do so in such a way that they leave our intelligence in one piece, not shattered into pieces with silliness, insults and endless name calling!
Welcome on board compatriots. We are one!