November 22nd 2017

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Five great jokes, facts about Jubilee achievements portal

Beyond social media, the portal has been ridiculed by political analysts as well. NTV political expert Herman Manyora said Jubilee got its priority upside down by putting its development projects on a portal rather than "on the ground".

By Priscillah Wanjirupwanjiru@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 12 Apr 2017 13:17 EAT

President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto lift a dummy website during the launch of the National Government Public Information Portal on Monday.

The portal launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday to showcase the Jubilee government's achievements has been met with ridicule from a cross-section of the public. This portal, according to some Kenyans, shows the Jubilee government in a mythical world where all it has done for the last four years is to develop the country, contrary to the litany of financial and political scandals that have followed it.

Many Kenyans have reacted in the social media saying the President has not been sincere about his projects. While many are the people who have been numbed by the dizzying figures of stolen money in the name of grand projects, they were surprised to see some white elephant projects or totally non-existent ones listed as having been undertaken by the government.

As the untruths have been exposed, many Kenyans have turned the portal into an object of fun-making.

Popular blogger from Meru Mongeria Muthamia wrote on Facebook, "This portal has made Uhuru a comedian in chief. Digital lies do not become facts."

Saddique Shaban, the sports editor at CGTV East Africa bureau, wrote: "Even the Kenya sevens rugby clips and Rudisha Rio 2016 Olympics were also Jubilee achievements."

A fake Twitter account for Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho, @HassanAliJoho, carried a statement mocking the portal was meant to be a dig on the governor himself. "’It was very sad watching the president spend millions to launch a pothole to lie to Kenyans," the governor is sarcastically reporting writing. Having scored a D- in KCSE, Mr Joho's English skills are apparently expected to be very low.

Another Facebook user, Stephen Onyango, compared the Jubilee government to its predecessor. ‘The ’Kibaki government did not bother to put Thika super highway among other accomplished projects in a portal because they were visible, tangible and identifiable yet these ones on www.delivery.go.ke are cumbersome to locate."

Senior journalist Okech Kendo unearthed a lie in the portal alleging the construction of an irrigation project in Homa Bay County which had cost the government Sh87 million. As it happens, the West Karachuonyo Water Supply Project, which is due to be completed in March 2017, was among the ghost projects available on the portal and not on the ground.

Beyond social media, the portal has been ridiculed by political analysts as well. NTV political expert Herman Manyora said Jubilee got its priority upside down by putting its development projects on a portal rather than "on the ground".

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