Kenya’s new CJ Willy Mutunga joins Facebook and Twitter
The new Kenyan Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga has joined two social media sites Facebook and Twitter and within one hour he had 250 likes on Facebook and over 1,000 followers on Twitter.
“Thank you all for the welcome. I am overwhelmed by how strong this forum is – over 30 friends in 3 minutes!,” said Mutunga on his Twitter site.
Mutunga courted a lot of controversy during the Chief Justice interview after a stud he has in one of his ear caused uproar.He clarified that the earing is a spiritual connection and not a symbol of his sexuality.
In his official Facebook page he urges his fans to call him ‘Willy’ seen as a way of connecting with the millions of Facebook fans in Kenya. The country has more than one million Facebook users.
The move by Willy to join the social media is a bold one that may likely open up the judiciary which for long has been seen as a den of corruption. And the people have said so on his Facebook page.
“Justice had been commercialized for a long time. Crooked Judicial officers and lawyers had traded at the fall of the hammer to have Justice dispensed. We pray that your five years should be Justice be our Shield and defender!” says one post on his Facebook page.
The CJ in one of the post says his wish is that the whole of the judiciary will join Twitter.
“I think I am likely to have a lot of fun on twitter. I am looking forward to a time when the whole Judiciary can be as connected as this,” his Twitter post reads.
Many politicians and senior government officials have embarked on the use of social media to pass across messages and interract with people . Notable among those who have embraced the new media include Finace minister Uhuru Kenyatta.
Uhuru posts his every major meeting and rallies on Facebook and has alot of feedback from the public.
He is quoted to have said in parliament that his Twitter followers helped him shape the budget. One of the recommendation by the follower was to scrap off filing of tax returns by employees with one job which he immediately implemented.