Africa's Twitterific Presidents


PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete is among eight African leaders actively interacting with friends, colleagues and relatives through Twitter. Mr Kikwete joins his peers in Rwanda and Uganda where presidents Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni are also interacting on Twitter.Mr Kikwete, who has 39,259 followers behind Mr Kagame's 85,781 - but ahead of Mr Museveni who has 9,328 followers, is one of the few African presidents who tend to cover government initiatives, interesting news stories and odd inspirational quote.Many African presidents have a presence on social networking platforms. Twitter has proven a tough nut to crack for many of them, but at least eight African presidents have active accounts with regular updates, the report said. These leaders make use of Twitter for a number of reasons, including commenting on news stories, self-promotion and, very rarely, engaging with their followers.