Kenyans on Twitter are mourning the death of Chief Francis Kariuki, a popular administrator from Lanet, Umoja Location who often used the platform to communicate with residents of his area. He died while undergoing treatment at the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru. According to the area’s County Commissioner Erastus Mbui, Chief Kariuki was taken to hospital on Tuesday but died on Wednesday.
“The chief was an outgoing servant of the people who embraced social media including Twitter and Facebook to pass security information in the areas of jurisdiction,” said the commissioner. He came into the limelight a few years ago as the provincial administrator who had embraced social media to fight crime, which had reached alarming levels in his location.
The late Kariuki resorted to Twitter to track missing sheep, stop home invasions by thugs, trace stolen goods and missing people, among others.
He also used Twitter to send messages of hope, especially to the young and unemployed.
To further enhance his administrative skills, in 2012 he decided to enroll for a degree course in Counselling Psychology at Mount Kenya University (MKU) and graduated in 2015.
At the time, he said he said he had to look for other unique and handy ways to reach many people and in this digital era. “I went for Twitter, a site that has taken me places and improved my working standards,” he remarked.