Garissa University Attack Isn't On Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's Twitter, But This Happy Photo Is
Masked shooters have stormed a college campus in his country and students might still be held hostage, but Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has chosen to tweet about something else entirely. Roughly seven hours has passed since gunmen attacked Garissa University in Kenya and opened fire on students. But instead of addressing the national crisis, Kenyatta's official Twitter account tweeted at 12:49 p.m. local time (5:49 a.m. ET) a rah-rah photo of the president attending a meeting at the capital Nairobi. Update: Officials have confirmed that 147 people have been killed and dozens more wounded.
Accompanied by a collage of four photos that feature a bureaucratic Kenyatta sitting in a lush meeting room, the tweet reads:
Today I chaired the 4th KEPSA Presidential Roundtable meeting at State House, Nairobi.
There has been no official word from Kenyatta's camp regarding the shooting that has reportedly left 14 dead, scores injured, and an unknown number who may still be held hostage. The shooting began at 5:30 a.m., and in the hours since then, Somali militant group Al Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to reports. Kenyatta said on Wednesday — less than 24 hours since the shooting began — that the government has fought against terrorist threats and that the country was safe for travel.
The notable silence from the Kenyan government has prompted outraged responses to Kenyatta's tweet. Most are angry that the president has said nothing on the critical matter. (In the time I've written this, I've been waiting to see whether some official statement was released. Or at least another tweet. There's been nothing.)