Why President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed a ‘caged’ audience


Director of Digital Communication in Office of the President of Kenya, Dennis Itumbi, has defended a photo that has extensively made rounds on social media showing President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing Wajir residents shielded by a mesh wire fence.

The President was pictured addressing residents at Wajir Stadium with a fence creating a barrier between him and the audience.

While many thought that President Uhuru Kenyatta was subtly expressing doubts of his security during his recent three-day work tour of North Eastern Counties, Dennis Itumbi thinks otherwise.

He took to Facebook on Monday, May 23rd to set the record straight – arguing that most stadiums have a fence separating the terraces from the pitch as security feature to prevent hooliganism.

“I have seen and read many requests for me to comment on a picture showing the President addressing citizens through what looks like a fence barrier. The problem is that those circulating that propaganda rarely leave their desks in Nairobi or even Google from their desks,” wrote Mr Itumbi.

“Most stadiums in Kenya are constructed with a fence around the dais. From Nyayo Stadium, to Embu, Kisumu, Mombasa, Kinoru and even Afraha Stadium,” said Mr Itumbi.

Mr Itumbi went on to attach photos of seven other stadiums that have mesh wire fences round the pitch as a security strand.


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