Graft reports on DP, Raila send Twitter abuzz
#PleaseForgiveRuto and #RailaIsclean trended for the better part of the day, with Twitter users being satirical about the innocence of Mr Ruto and Mr Odinga.
The two have been adversely mentioned in Sh28 billion project to upgrade the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
@Bonifacemwangi tweeted “#PleaseForgiveRuto hashtag won’t sanitise Ruto. Let him resign from public office…”
Another @Mbotedenis tweeted: “#PleaseForgiveRuto He’s just a guy who started from the bottom; he’s still on the ground trying to have it all.”
Another was pert with recent remarks by the Deputy President that people should respect their leaders .
He tweeted” “ #PleaseForgiveRuto He said that he’s comfortable akiwa (sic) Deputy President.”
Mr Odinga’s PR team took to Twitter to declare his innocence under the hashtag #RailaIsclean.
The hashtag was trending all day, with most Twitter users looking at the funny side of it and others dismissing its agenda.
At the end of the day, the hashtag ridiculed Mr Odinga, as most of the tweets were negative, masking the few positive ones.
One Twitter user Maina Mchoraji put a sarcastic twist to it, saying “RailaIsclean when he was PM, his office was never associated with the maize and Kazi Kwa Vijana scandals.”
Captain Moyokani tweeted “#RailaIsclean is a joke.”
The hashtag was a response to a report by a Kenyan newspaper, which said that Mr Odinga’s name had been mentioned in tape where Hebert Ojwang’ claimed the cost of upgrading MTFR had been inflated.
It reported that Mr Ojwang’, former aide of the ex-PM, sensationally alleged in the tape he gave to a National Assembly committee that Mr Odinga received campaign money from the project contractor, China Wu Yi, ahead of the 2013 General Election.
Twitter user and Director of Digital Communication in the Office of the President @DennisItumbi decried “How media covers @RailaOdinga, when he is mentioned in corruption tape, they say dragged#RailaIsClean, Ruto is not on tape but he (sic) guilty.”
@stevelichoti tweeted “How the men in black ensured the ‘flawless fair’ elections in ODM in 2014,”