Kenya’s Deputy Cabinet Secretary Millicent Omanga sent a defiant message on Twitter in what appears to have been a response to being mocked over a video circulating the internet.
A bizarre story has dominated online political discourse in the East African nation of Kenya today, prompting what appears to be an indirect response from a prominent political figure.
Kenya’s Twitter users have been put into meme mode after a video circulated online that appeared to show Senator Millicent Omanaga in a private setting.
Although it’s unconfirmed whether the footage is real or manipulated, and whether Omanaga actually stars in it, the politician sent a message of defiance on Twitter.
Alleged video by Millicent Omaga goes viral
Anyone who uses social media regularly knows that most users can be quite scathing at best and tend to dig a little deeper when it comes to insulting politicians.
And today, April 18, dozens of people saw comments on a video that appeared to show someone sleeping while undressing from the waist down. Many have assumed that the person in the video was Omanga, but there is no way of knowing if this is true or if the footage is real or artificially created.
The seemingly invasive footage has been deleted multiple times by Twitter moderators after initially going viral, although some users have repeatedly re-uploaded the footage.
HITC has reached out to Millicent Omanaga to give her an opportunity to respond to the video.
Omanga drops what appears to be a cryptic answer
Although Omanga has not addressed the video, a tweet today suggests she may be shooting at those who have been tormenting her online.
Omanga quoted a verse from the New Testament and said, “Behold, I have given you authority to step on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you.”
“Behold, I have given you authority to step on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall harm you.” Luke 10:19
Blessed day watchers pic.twitter.com/ZKgUNp0rAH
— Millicent Omanga — CAS (@MillicentOmanga) April 18, 2023
The fact that the quote revolves around defiance and a refusal to bow down to those trying to wrong you suggests it may have been posted as a defiant nod to those making memes and jokes at Omanga’s expense have told.
Of course, Omaga regularly uploads Bible verses online when she greets her 936,000+ followers, so today’s choice of quote could very well be accidental.
Senator Karen Nyamu defends Millicent Omanga’s video
Amid the controversy, a Kenyan politician has taken to Facebook to defend Omanga.
Senator Karen Nyamu, who has a large following on social media, defended Omanga, although it was not clear whether or not she actually was in the video.
“There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of,” Nyamu told her followers. “The focus needs to shift immediately from the woman to the idiot recording this video.”
“Cheer up darling. Millicent Omanga,” Nyamu concluded in a show of solidarity. As Nyamu points out, it’s unclear who filmed the video in the first place, as so far most of the attention has been focused on the person in front of the camera.
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