November 22nd 2017

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U.S. paper confirms Twitter handle of Uhuru's college, graduation

"Even though the college quickly confirmed through its Twitter feed that Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya since 2013, had graduated in 1985 with a degree in economics and political science, that wasn’t enough for some critics of his administration," the paper reported.

By Nyambura Muthoninmuthoni@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 05 Apr 2017 17:34 EAT

A snapshot of the Amherst College Twitter feed.

The debate on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s university degree seems to have been settled even as more Kenyans continue to demand that the president should prove that he indeed graduated from Amherst College, the American college he attended.

Yesterday, the Amherst Bulletin, which is a privately owned newspaper that has no relation with the college, reported that Uhuru graduated in 1985, basing its report on a Twitter feed from Amherst College that some Kenyans had claimed to be fictitious.

"Even though the college quickly confirmed through its Twitter feed that Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya since 2013, had graduated in 1985 with a degree in economics and political science, that wasn’t enough for some critics of his administration," the paper reported, alluding to the social media debate in Kenya about the president's graduation.

The paper also reported of a Twitter message posted by Amherst College on Friday morning saying, "Due to overwhelming demand, we can no longer respond to individual requests to confirm the graduation year of Uhuru Kenyatta ‘85.'" 

It also reported of some responses by Kenyans: “The guy has killed our economy, that’s why we want to know if indeed he studied there,” wrote Twitter user Mongare Richard.

“Obviously, I would urge all never to consider Amherst for economics; the results have been absolutely disastrous. Fee refund may be (appropriate)” wrote Twitter user Ela M. Kimwele, both covered by the Bulletin.

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