The Kenyan Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Singo’ei Korir, found himself in the midst of embarrassment and ridicule after a tweet misidentifying the Albanian President sparked controversy on social media.
On Sunday, the foreign official took to Twitter, claiming to have met Albanian President Bajram Begaj before his scheduled meeting with President Ruto in Dubai for Cop28.
However, the reality was different, as the official he actually met was the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.
The misleading tweet quickly went viral, with Kenyans on social media expressing their disappointment and calling out the PS for the blunder.
This incident is not an isolated one, as similar mistakes have been noted in the communication efforts of other government officials.
Critics argue that such errors, especially in the realm of foreign affairs, undermine the credibility of the Kenyan government.
Recently, Foreign and Diaspora Minister Musalia Mudavadi’s office mistakenly used an image of the Greek Prime Minister instead of the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken after a call.
These missteps have not been limited to the foreign affairs sector. President Ruto’s communication team erroneously stated that he was attending the Arab-Africa forum instead of the Saudi-Africa summit.
Furthermore, a gaffe from State House Kenya led to the issuance of an executive order erroneously downgrading Kenya’s embassy in Indonesia to a consulate.
Observers are raising concerns about the need for due diligence and accuracy in official communications, emphasizing the potential impact on the country’s reputation and diplomatic relations.
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