Chief Francis Kariuki, who happens to be one of the most popular local administrators in Kenya, is dead.
He is said to have breathed his last this Wednesday afternoon while undergoing treatment at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital after falling sick on Tuesday evening. Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui has confirmed that an autopsy will be conducted on Thursday with the burial slated for Saturday.
Chief Kariuki who hails from Lanet Umoja, Nakuru North District has been one of the most active and beloved government officials and has been recognized globally for his efforts.
To many, Chief Kariuki only tweeted about lost animals, inspirational quotes and cases of insecurity in his area. But to the residents, he was offering a major service that most of the time helped save lives. He has been active online since 2011 when he joined Twitter and would actively use the platform to communicate with the residents and the rest of the world.
In 2012 his alerts helped save a family from thugs. “Kuna wezi kwa baba Kelven saa hii pale Tuinuane.wako sitting room. Tafadhalini tusaidiane,” he tweeted. (There are thieves at Kelven’s father’s home at Tuinuane, they are in the sitting room, let us help).His message was received and neighbors rushed to the homestead and the commotion got the attackers to scurry away.
“Every time we have barazas (meetings) twice a month, I make attendees subscribe to my tweets using their regular SMS or text messaging services,” Kariuki said by phone during an interview with a broadcast outside Kenya. “It has not only saved on the cost of fliers, it has also allowed us to save trees and contribute to green efforts.”
The residents, many who subscribe to his tweets through a free text messaging service receive his tweets as SMS and are able to help locate the lost animals or even help save lives. He is a legend who will be remembered for his great work and strong spirit to help residents.Follow us in social media: