11/09/2020 – 11/15/2020
Here’s what was trending in Kenya last week…
- Jerry Rawlings
Former military leader and two-time president of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, died last week. Though “Probity, transparency and accountability” were his buzzwords, he leaves behind a complicated legacy. While some attribute him to stabilizing and helping instill democracy in the late 1970s, others blame him for instability in Ghana post his 1979 coup. Jerry Rawlins was searched more than 20K times in Kenya this week. Read more here
The Indian community celebrated Diwali last week. One of the most popular hindu festivals, Diwali and its celebrations symbolizie the triumph of light over darkness. In the days leading up to the festival, celebratents decorate their homes with oil lamps, wear their best clothing and exchange gifts. Diwali was searched more than 20K times in Kenya.
- Harambee Stars
Coach of the Harambee Stars, Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee, received criticism from netizens this week for the team’s less than optimal performance. Kenya’s national team came to a draw last week against Comoros in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match. Kenya has drawn a total of three matches in the qualifying campaign. Despite these disappointing stats, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa came to Ghost’s defense claiming that “general progress” determines a coach’s sucess. Harambee Stars was searched over 20K times by Kenya’s netizens this week. Read more here.
- George Magoha
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) is demanding an apology from George Magoha. It is alleged by Kuppet that the Education Secretary verbally assaulted the local County Director of Education (CDE) Mbaga Gitonga at Langas Primary School in Uasin Gishu County in the presence of teachers. Kuppet claims that Magoha had no authority to speak to the senior education director in that manner. George Magoha was searched more than 10K times by Kenyans this week for his transgressions. Read more here.
- Kenya Railways
Kenya railways announced the reopening of the Haile Selassie Avenue and Bunyala Road footbridge. The footbridge was closed last month for repair. President Uhuru Kenyatta was one of the first to use the pathway after it’s reopening. Kenya Railways was searched more than 5K times in Kenya.