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The things Kenyans want to leave behind in 2015

STANDARD ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah Okuoro | December 18th 2015

NAIROBI: In the last two weeks of 2015, Kenyans are summing up the year that has been by choosing not to carry unwanted baggage into the New Year.

Kenyans took to social media to vent on the worst moments of 2015, while still reminiscing on the best moments of the year.

The visit by US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis topped the ranking of Kenyans' most memorable moments of 2015.

A report by Google on Kenya's top searches of 2015 indicates that the two personalities crowned the list of most-searched topics throughout the year.

On the flip side, Kenyans on Twitter (#KOT) managed to push the hashtag #ThingsShouldBeForgottenin2015 to a worldwide trending topic regardless of the grammatical error. Corruption is the biggest vice that Kenyans want resolved and forgotten as we head into 2016. There were mentions of issues pertaining to graft such as the Eurobond saga, National Youth Service (NYS), land grabbers, con artists and private developers.

Tough questions were raised by Kenyans on alleged graft in the NYS, a scandal that saw the former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru resign.

Eve Chege ‏@eve_chege: #ThingsShouldBeLeftIn2015 are Eurobond, graft and corruption and El Nino...

James ‏@TeddyJymes: #ThingsShouldBeLeftIn2015 land grabbers and private developers

Kenyans also thought it would be wise for President Uhuru Kenyatta to tone down on his international trips and spend more time in the country. The complaints over the foreign trips drove the hashtag #UhuruinKenya to trend for days. The trend implied that the President had come as a visitor in his own country and it even forced State House to explain the benefits his travels were generating.

Eddmax Okoyana ‏@EddmaxOkoyana: #ThingsShouldBeLeftIn2015; the President touring the world, in apparent reference to many travels by the President. Kenyans said he should emulate the new Tanzanian president's practice of cutting costs and reducing foreign travels.

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