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8 times KOT has changed Kenya

KOT's anger outburst has brought change in Kenya.

If you think I am bluffing, you should probably ask CNN executive vice president and managing director, Tony Maddox, who was forced to fly to Kenya and personally apologise to President Uhuru Kenyatta, when the station called Kenya a ''hotbed of terror''.

CNN did this when former US President Barack Obama was making his official state visit to the country.

Apart from this, there are several occasions KOT has brought about change in the country by the mere use of social media.


1. Mombasa Road pothole

There was an outrage in the country last week after a video was shared on social media showing how a dangerous pothole on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway overturned vehicles.

The recording went viral with many Kenyans including Senator Mke Sonko demanding the County Government to fix it.

Hours later, the City Government sent workers to fix the road.

2. Anne Waiguru steps down


If there was one person who has been heavily attacked on social media, it must be the former Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.

Waiguru came on the spot when the multi-billion scandal at the National Youth Service came to light.

The now aspiring Kirinyaga Governor made headlines almost daily and trended on Twitter for many months.

She later threw in the towel and opted to step down from her position.

3. Willie Kimani


Lawyer Willie Kimani was brutally killed last year alongside his taxi driver and client then dumped at Ol Donyo Sabuk.

Justice for Willie Kimani was a trend in the country with the police being dragged at the center of the controversy.

The uproar was so intense that several police officers were arrested and taken to court over the murder.

4. Mwende

Jackline Mwende, a woman from Machakos County became widely known in the country after her husband allegedly chopped off her hands.


According to her narrative her husband descended upon her with a machete.

Mwende was the topic of discussion for many weeks with Kenyans running to help her.

She received immense support and electronic company even offered to give her artificial hands.

5. Woman stripped in a Githurai Bus

In 2014 a wave of stripping women publicly swept through the country.


A horrifying video of several men attacking and sexually molesting a woman inside a Githurai 45 bound bus, along Thika Road was shared on social media, causing an anger outburst.

The recording showed the woman pleading with her attackers not to rape her and insert a bottle into her private parts as they had threatened while touching her.

After it landed among KOT, the group pressurized the police to arrest the suspects captured in the video.

A few days later the men were taken into custody.

6. Jadudi


Nairobi University Student, Emmanuel Jadudi, received immense help financially from Kenyans when his medical condition was first posted on social media.

In a record time of 24 hours, Kenyans raised Sh1 Million and by the end of the 3rd day, Sh7.1 Million was collected to help Jadudi undergo surgery for brain cancer in India.

7. Langata Primary School Playing ground

This primary school came to the spotlight in 2015, when the pupils went on a rampage protesting against land grabbers who had taken their playing ground.

The protest was also evident on social media, where KOT pressurized the Government to take action against the land grabbers.


Deputy William Ruto was linked to this because of the infamous Weston Hotel.

The pressure forced the Government to name the ‘real’ owners of the hotel which had taken the field in order to make it a parking area.


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