The motley gang of internet users called “Kenyans on Twitter” have trained their guns on activist Boniface Mwangi over what they term as disrespect towards hairdressers.
Mwangi, who is no stranger to controversy, had taken a swipe at the dapper Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho.
“This man failed Mombasa because he’s the one who helped President Uhuru to move clearing and forwarding from Mombasa Port to Naivasha. Now, people in Mombasa don’t have jobs,” Mwangi alleged. “He has forgotten his job yet he wants to be president? He can only be a fisherman or a hairdresser.”
Joho, often well-groomed, flashes his elaborate beard and flashy lifestyle in Instagram posts.
But Mwangi’s comment on the governor (“He can only be a fisherman or a hairdresser”) did not go down well with hairdressers. Steve Kumari, self-proclaimed President of hairdressers deemed it as contemptuous to the kings and queens of hairdos.
“Don’t compare hairdressers with Joho, every leaders in the world needs a hairdressers, respect us,” wrote Kevin Ambia of Barber Shaves and Trims.
Tina on Receiving End
Radio presenter Tina Kaggia also weighed in. “Has someone ever disrespected your profession?” she posed to her listeners. “Hairdressers across Kenya have vowed not to shave Boniface Mwangi for a year unless he apologizes.”
Mwangi’s riposte was characteristic: “A lame joke l made about hairdressers is now a topic of discussion in a national radio station….use that airtime to discuss matters of national importance. My video was about why Joho shouldn’t be running for president, I raised important issues, discuss that.”