President turns ‘dab of shame’ to #UhuruDabChallenge for voter listing


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President Uhuru Kenyatta dances with the FBI Dance Crew at State House in Nairobi, February 8, 2017. /PSCU

The President was blasted on Thursday for ‘dab dancing’ while Kenyans die but he is now behind trending hash tag #UhuruDabChallenge.

President Uhuru Kenyatta met the FBI Dance Crew on Wednesday and danced surrounded by them in a jacket that resembled theirs.

He was criticised via Twitter hashtag #DabOfShame for unnerving himself while doctors remain on strike and people die of hunger because of the drought.

Uhuru and the team danced to the ‘Bamba kura yako’ tune aimed at urging youths to register as voters, another issue he has been said to put before Kenya’s problems.

But the criticism did not stop him on Friday from asking Kenyans to share their dab pictures and videos using the hash tag.

“Post your picture or a 30 second video here on my Twitter account or on Facebook. Dab near an IEBC registration centre just after either you or your friends have registered as voters,” he said.


Uhuru said the person or group whose picture or video gets the most likes, loves or re-tweets at the end of the remaining five days of voter registration will be rewarded.

“They will be rewarded for their patriotism, including visiting with me at State House. You or your friends #dab to support the campaign for youth to register to vote,” he wrote.

The next election will possibly have the highest number of new and youthful voters, being the first time that Kenyans in the diaspora will vote.

More than five million Kenyans who were too young to vote in 2013 will have attained the voting age of 18 years by the next general election.

These are persons who were between 13 and 17 years old during the last elections. Today, they are between 16 and 20 years.


Doctors went on strike on December 5, 2016 in a demand for a 300 per cent pay rise, a review of working conditions, job structures and criteria for promotions, and a solution to under staffing in public hospitals.

Lecturers are also on strike and the threat of terror group al Shabaab remains, especially considering two major attacks on KDF’s camps in El Adde last year and Kulbiyow on January 27.

The President earlier declared the drought a national disaster and asked local and international stakeholders to join hands and help Kenya.

The drought has affected 23 arid and semi-arid counties and pockets of other areas, and Uhuru noted that human beings, livestock and wildlife are all suffering.

He said the government would fast-track and up-scale mitigation programmes to ensure the situation is properly contained.

Several leaders had asked the President to declare drought a national disaster, saying there was no need to wait until the situation got out of hand.


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