Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Kenya: President William Ruto's 'Marijuana' Shirt Causes Social Media Buzz

President William Ruto of Kenya has once again captured the attention of netizens, this time by stepping out in a shirt adorned with a pattern resembling the universally recognized symbol of marijuana.

The fashion choice was met with a mix of curiosity, humor, and puns from keen Kenyans on social media.

During the launch of the Lamu County Commissioner’s Office in Mokowe, President Ruto donned a beige shirt with a distinctive green leaf pattern, which bore a striking resemblance to the iconic marijuana leaf symbol.

As he greeted Governor Issah Timamy and other government officials, the attention-grabbing shirt quickly became a talking point.

Ruto’s recent style evolution has earned him the label of a “burgeoning fashionista,” and his choice of wardrobe has often been a subject of public interest since assuming the presidency. However, it was the conspicuous marijuana reference that sparked widespread discussions on social media.

Unaware of the buzz his outfit would create, the President carried on with his official engagements, inaugurating offices, overseeing the rehabilitation of the Tana Delta Irrigation Project, and presenting cheques to the local fishing community in Mokowe.

Soon after the event, the President’s social media team shared the photographs on Twitter, and comments started pouring in. The phrase “Legalize It” emerged as the most common response, with many users even attaching a GIF of rapper Snoop Dogg, who is widely associated with marijuana culture.