Former president Uhuru Kenyatta and President William Ruto
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After a three-year hiatus, former president Uhuru Kenyatta has rejoined Twitter.

His account was deactivated on March 22, 2019, with the State House saying the move was to centralize communication.

Uhuru has resurfaced with a new handle, '@4thPresidentKE' with its main content being that of his peace mission in DRC. 

He is the facilitator of the East African Community (EAC)- led Nairobi Peace Process. 

After the deactivation of the account, Uhuru said platforms like Twitter were abused, adding he does not fancy or cares about what happens on the platforms.

He said he prefers meeting people at a personal level and engaging them on whatever matter is of interest.

"I meet people personally and we engage, I don't fancy social media. Si mnaona hata Twitter niliondoka huko kwa sababu niliona hio kitu ni bure na ni matusi tu ndio imejaa huko, hakuna kitu inaendelea," he said.

This loosely translates to, "You've seen I left Twitter because I didn't see its benefit. It's just full of abuses."

"Unakaa hapo ukisoma watu wanesema nini, unakosa usingizi, unapiga simu vile umetusiwa...." (You sit there reading what people are writing and even lose sleep and start making phone calls)," Uhuru said.

"I'd rather get some sleep after chatting with my wife. I wake up the following day, do my work and the world continues peacefully."

The then State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita then said there were "unauthorised" individuals with access to the President's social media accounts."All official social media handles for the President have been temporarily suspended to allow for the necessary remedial measures to be undertaken," Waita said.