President Jacob Zuma’s illegible handwriting made headlines after a state visit to Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday.
During his state visit, it looked as though Zuma filled in a visitors’ register at the State House in Nairobi. It was a means to thank Kenyan’s president Uhuru Kenyatta for inviting him to Kenya and for the warm welcome.
Subsequently, a picture, which was posted and then deleted on Twitter by President Uhuru Kenyatta, allegedly showed Zuma’s illegible handwriting from the register he signed.
Unfortunately, some fingers were faster than Kenyatta’s as the picture quickly went viral with a lot of Kenyans mocking Zuma’s handwriting, saying that his message and signature were incomprehensible. From saying Zuma’s illegible handwriting needs prayers to suggesting he goes back to kindergarten, Kenyans had a field day mocking SA president. The backlash was probably what forced President Kenyatta’s communication team to pull down the image.
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However, a few Kenyans came to Zuma’s rescue saying there’s nothing wrong with the handwriting.
Mwendandu Kilunguyu wrote;
“We Kenyans are an interesting lot. The media bash on the South African president is a sign of a badly behaved people. We lack manners and decorum, which are very basic indicators of being civilised. The bashers of the president will, without batting an eyelid, go ahead and apply for a SA visa and wonder what happened when they are mistreated.”
Moreover, Kenyans were not so happy with the outcome of President Jacob Zuma’s visit. Apparently, they were expecting the visa rules imposed on Kenyan travelers to be changed really fast. However, what Kenyans got was a promise to “consider” the request.
Zuma was received at State House on Tuesday marking the beginning of his three-day State visit, the first of its kind. The visit is expected to strengthen economic ties between Kenya and South Africa.