The Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) has apologised to lawyer Donald Kipkorir after a derogatory tweet toward the city lawyer was posted on the department’s Twitter handle.
PSCU on Monday referred to Mr Kipkorir as a “Slay Queen lawyer” and “Socialite lawyer”, when he complained to Nairobi County’s top leadership, Governor Mike Sonko and his deputy Polycarp Igathe, about the deteriorating “class” of the Karen environment, which he said “has, of late, been inhabited by kiosk operators, mitumba sellers and matatu operators”.
“Your Excellency Gov. Mike Sonko and Deputy Governor, Polycarp Igathe, we thought we were climbing up the Maslow hierarchy. But, what are kiosks, matatus and mitumba clothes doing here? Where is our master plan? Kenya is a capitalist state. Let Karen be Karen,” read Mr Kipkorir’s tweet, attaching three photos showing a part of Karen area occupied by matatu operators and kiosks.
The PSCU, in response to Mr Kipkorir’s gripe, tweeted: “Well, #SlayQueenLawyer ama ni #SocialiteLawyer got his match @ahmednasirlaw @kipmurkomen @Oleitumbi.”
The tweet by the PSCU triggered myriad reactions from online users on Twitter, with many calling out the presidential communications department for using inappropriate language using a communication channel, which should be authoritative and serious.
“We apologise for a tweet that appeared on our timeline. We agree it was inappropriate. It has been deleted. Thanks for pointing it out. Administrative action has been taken,” tweeted the PSCU on Tuesday, December 12.
Upon reading the apology, Mr Kipkorir suggested that the digital communications director at State House, Dennis Itumbi, was behind the tweet.
“This shows @PSCU_Digital is in the hands of illiterate and rogue handlers. It is sad that Dennis Itumbi abuses state resources to abuse me,” tweeted Mr Kipkorir.