On Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted the FBI dance crew at Statehouse in the ongoing voter mobilization campaign.
The president also met with Kenyan gospel singer Rufftone and radio presenter Mbusii.
In the meet up with the entertainers, the Head of State got to dance with FBI to the ‘Bamba kura yako’ tune aimed at urging youths to register as voters.
However, the dance attracted more criticism than praise as Kenyans on social media expressed their disappointment with the president’s actions while the country is in disarray.
On twitter, the hashtag Dab of Shame is trending with some scathing words thrown Uhuru’s way. ” You have no time to honour dead Kenyan soldiers but all time to dab with clueless artists,” one bayed.
As the election dates draw closer, President Uhuru Kenyatta staged the dance routine with the aim to get the youth out to vote. Voter registration is still ongoing, conducted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Due to end on the 14th of February, many politicians are making an appeal to Kenyans to register to vote.
In an attempt to be relatable to Kenya’s youth, President Kenyatta danced with the popular F.B.I dance crew on the State House lawn to a catchy tune whose lyrics repeated “bamba kura yako” a call to voter registration. Recognized as one of Africa’s most interesting presidents, even winning the African award for president of the year 2015, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta received backlash online under the hashtag #DabOfShame with many claiming he was out of sync and went too far to capture the attention of Kenyan youth.
However, President Uhuru’s dance with F.B.I should not come as a shock as he even ditched his official presidential escort to board public transportation even meeting up with local celebrities to get their perspectives on local matters. The images of President Uhuru sent Kenyans on Twitter into a frenzy, trending days after the pictures were released. It is yet to be confirmed if this stunt will draw the youth to register for the impending elections. Only time will tell.