Embarrassing mistake by Uhuru’s Twitter handlers in condolence note to Bush family


President Uhuru Kenyatta Twitter administrators goofed Wednesday, when they failed to appropriately fill up gaps, which had been left by his communication team.

President Kenyatta’s communication team had crafted a condolence message to US ex-President George Herbert Walker Bush following the death of his wife ex-First Lady, Barbara Bush; and forwarded the message to President Kenyatta’s Twitter handlers to post the message to the micro-blogging site.

“In this moment of grief, my thoughts and prayers are with her (Barbara Bush) family (handles of 2 Bush Presidents and Bush governor). May they be granted the courage to bear the loss. May God rest her soul in perpetual right,” a tweet on President Kenyatta’s Twitter handle read at 11:04am Wednesday.

From the tweet, it is evident that the Twitter handles of the two ex-presidents (@GeorgeHWBush and @GeorgeWBush) were not incorporated in the tweet, and the social media handlers of President Kenyatta, instead posted the message as had been sent by his communication team – without a single edit. The mistake was, however, swiftly corrected.

Kenyans on social media, who noticed the mistake, urged President Kenyatta’s social media managers to be more careful when posting messages on his handle so as to avoid such embarrassing mistakes.

Barbara Bush was the wife of George H.W. Bush, who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Mr Bush was the father of George Walker Bush, who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009.

Barbara Bush died at the age of 92 on Tuesday, April 17 in Houston, Texas.

Her death was announced in a statement from the office of George HW Bush, the former president and Ms Bush’s husband of 73 years. A funeral date is yet to be announced.

Earlier this week Ms Bush decided to forego additional medical treatment after a series of hospital visits.

A spokesman did not elaborate on the nature of her health problems, but she had long received treatment for a thyroid condition known as Graves’ disease.


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