Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i’s advice to alcohol lovers, on Thursday, was received with a lot of criticism from Kenyans who took to social media to air their views.
Speaking on the upcoming census, Matang’i pointed out that Kenyans wishing to indulge in alcohol on the census start day were only allowed to do so until 5 pm in the evening.
“At a personal level, I would not encourage you to drink, but at an official level, I’m telling you that you can go have your drink between 2 pm and 5 pm. And more experienced people tell me that if you’re not satisfied with beer for three whole hours, then there is a problem with you,” Matiang’i stated.
The tough-talking CS also went further to send a word to football fanatics as he urged them to watch their games at their places of residence.
“You can also watch Liverpool and Arsenal play at home with your family. Maybe they will have a chance which they rarely have of watching a football match with you,” Matiang’i remarked.
“I wouldn't encourage you to drink but at a personal level I’m saying you can go have your drink between 2pm & 5pm & more experienced people tell me that if you are not satisfied with beer for 3 whole hours then there is a problem” – CS Matiang’i on closure of bars during census pic.twitter.com/QByMhpi4Ae
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) August 22, 2019
However to many Kenyans, Matiang’i’s plea was far-fetched as majority vowed to resist. Here is what Kenyans had to say;
A minister like Matiangi who is not even elected, shouldn't have such powers. Our constitution clearly has a problem!
— eston kwach (@esauko) August 22, 2019
Matiangi anasema tuwatch #LIVARS at home? Surely watu wengine hawaezi amini mtu analala njaa . So he thinks we all can pay 8k per month for Dstv?
— Kachaya Josh (@KjoshUleMsee) August 22, 2019
Matiangi thinks KBC broadcasts EPL matches? pic.twitter.com/7Uhnqhu4MU
— Abu Daud (@RKI2011) August 22, 2019
Jubilee realised since last election, that it has failed to win our hearts and minds. So instead of inspiring us to conform, they force us with whips and belts.
– matiangi & magoha are uhuru latest price bulls. 100% force, zero heart!!
— God of Logic: [👊] NRM (@swedenhill) August 22, 2019
Matiangi orders all bars closed at 5PM for census.
Kenyans at 4:59 : pic.twitter.com/eMfux8yOgg
— Captain Hindsight. (@ItsChanzu) August 22, 2019