The Zimbabwean head of state Robert Mugabe allegedly while on an official visit to India served up a verbal lashing to what he termed ‘that East African nation’.
“Those people of East Africa shock me with their wizardry in stealing. Sometimes I tend to believe that stealing is in every Kenyan’s blood. These people go to their schools and read good courses but they qualify as the best thieves. You can even think that there is a subject in their universities called Bachelor of Stealing. Whenever they get an opportunity as employees, they never disappoint. They steal enough money to buy their freedom because even the judges who listen to their cases are financially powerless. I urge you my people to be on high alert in case you by bad luck, happen to visit that East African nation. They might infect you with that disease and we don’t want it here. Zimbabweans are honest people who love their country and don’t want such stealing tendencies.” Source Spectator
The of the above statement originating from a satirical news website Spectator.co.ke, a segment of Kenyans on Twitter (#KOT) are suspicious of its authenticity. However Kenyans took to social media and blog news websites in rebuttal to this statement, many describing President Mugabe as a tyrant dictator, whose country is ravaged by corruption and poverty, and therefore has no moral grounds to criticise Kenyans. The topic #Mugabe is trending at third place on Twitter Nairobi.