President Uhuru Kenyatta was the subject of debate on social media platforms on Thursday, April 22, over a recent photo looking somewhat heavier than usual while on a trip to DRC.
The discussion was sparked by activist, Boniface Mwangi who made a comparison of Uhuru’s look before assuming office and his current look.
From the comparison, President Uhuru has visibly gained more body weight during his second term in office.
Mwangi compared Uhuru’s increase in body weight to the increase in the country’s debt.
When he started his term the country’s national debt stood at Ksh 1.7 trillion, but now it has hit the Ksh 7 trillion mark.
Just like a balloon expands when air is blown into it, the vocal activist said Uhuru’s body weight is increasing as Kenya seeks more debt.
He compared Uhuru’s change in physical appearance with that of the former US President Barrack Obama who took office with black hair but left with grey hair.
“Obama became president in the middle of an economic recession in the US. He revived the economy, created jobs, and gave Americans affordable healthcare. Obama aged and his hair grayed,” he said.
“President Uhuru just borrowed recklessly and his body ballooned just like our national debt,” criticized Boniface Mwangi.
In November 2020, a photo of Uhuru Kenyatta and his son Muhoho Kenyatta was subjected to the same public scrutiny.
A comparison of their old picture and the new one showed that both had added immense weight lately.
This was after the two were pictured with Pope Francis during an official visit to Vatican City, Rome.
In January 2021, State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena fell victim to a similar attack from members of the public.
After missing in press conferences for a long time, Kanze appeared publicly, with a visibly increased body weight.
This subjected her to body shamming with the online trolls claiming that she was growing heavier because of her position at State House.
The public, later on, came to learn that Kanze’s weight gain was because she had just become a new mother after giving birth to her second-born baby.