Amidst the current Coronavirus outbreak, so many things have been happening in the shadow of the deadly illness which originated from the city of Wuhan in China.
In one of those moments, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Rachel Omamo was for the better part of Thursday the internet’s butt of the joke after a video clip of the former ambassador struggling to pronounce a simple Kikuyu name went viral across social media platforms.
In the 30-second clip cut out from the footage of her appearance before the National Assembly Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs back in February this year, Omamo is heard acknowledging the presence of Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie in the sitting but just couldn’t get his name right.
The advocate with over 27 years at the High Court had been summoned to answer to questions on the continued stay of 100 Kenyan students China and why they had not been flown back to the country despite what was the continued rapid spread of the illness in Wuhan back then.
Netizens led by influential online personalities like Blogger Robert Alai and advisor to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) Mohamed Wehliye, did not hold back their words in ridiculing Kenya’s first female Defence Cabinet Secretary over her excessive “twenging” when calling out the legislator’s name.
😂😂😂 I always wonder when I see her on screen, what qualifications they were looking at.
— Slim (@its_onjala) April 2, 2020
I bet you ask her Kiare lives in Witeithie alafu umwambie arudie after you……😂😂😂
— Sudi Bee001 (@sudi_baha) April 2, 2020
I swear Kenya was handed over to the dogs long ago. A whole CS can’t pronounce a Kenyan name! This is beyond abominable!
— brian njoroge (@njorogeb62) April 2, 2020
Weh, vile ana tweng utadhani Nairobi ni London iko Japan
— Wiseman Remaliah (@WisemanRemaliah) April 2, 2020
Whoever made this woman a CS for Defence and tragically CS foreign affairs did us a generational damage! Hata kama ni Nepotism..No wonder Alshabaab were hammering us like hell. Huyu ni malipstick Tu! Our foreign policy is dead if at all it exists…
— Menya Ole Kisiara (@area51hikonevad) April 2, 2020
Reacting to the viral video, Dagoretti Member of Parliament John Kiarie said he did not mind how the statesperson pronounced his name, adding, “I am who my government says I am”.