Pope Francis 'endorses' Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for another term
19 May 2016, 14:24
Nairobi - A tweet by Pope Francis has endorsed Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for another term, if they are to be believed.
The tweet by the Pope Wednesday mentioned the Jubilee Party, which is the vessel through which the Kenyan President will seek re election in the 2017 General Elections in the East African country.
Nairobi News reported that the tweet drew lots of comparisons towards the President but on the other hand, gave a tongue in cheek reference to the singular meaning of the Twitter savvy head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Read the tweet below.
The Jubilee is the party to which Jesus invites us all, without excluding anyone.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) May 18, 2016
Pope Francis visited Kenya in November 2015.
In the doctrine of the Catholic Church, a Jubilee year is a special year called by the Church to receive blessing and pardon from God and remission of sins.
But as Kenyans.co.ke reported, the fact that the Pope barely meant the Kenyan Jubilee Party did not stop social media from jumping on it.
CORD will say Jubilee bribed Pope to tweet. Paid tweets!. https://t.co/1xfGHKv2yx
— Lord Mutai® (@ItsMutai) 18 May 2016
#SomeoneTellThePope that he cannot blatantly side with the Jubilee Coalition. pic.twitter.com/THC9UOZNzT
— HRH Mwabili Mwagodi (@Janis_KE) 18 May 2016
Pope defects from vatican to join jubilee @oleitumbi #safcomgag https://t.co/vPifBHmIRu
— #SafcomGAG (@twendekavune) 18 May 2016
Some made references to the fact that the President was the chosen one while others felt the need to drag opposition leader Raila Odinga into the mix, telling him to join the President's party.
The General Elections will be held in August 2017 in East Africa's biggest economy, with campaigns for the polls which are expected to be heated, already underway.
The Daily Nation reports that alliances between opposition parties have already been formed to help defeat incumbent Kenyatta who won his first five year term in 2013.