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Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) have been angered by a tweet from British journalist Adrian Blomfield who claimed Kenyans in support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are imperialists.⁣

Imperialism is a policy of extending a country’s power and influence through colonization, use of military force, or other means.⁣

On Thursday, Russian leader Vladimir Putin unleashed a full-scale invasion of Ukraine that has killed dozens of people, forced more than 50,000 to flee Ukraine in just 48 hours, and sparked fears of a greater conflict in Europe.⁣

Ever since the invasion, a barrage of arguments has ensued on social media and Kenyans have not been left behind. There are some in favor of Russia’s actions while others like Blomfield are not.⁣

Victims of imperialism⁣

Blomfield, an East Africa Correspondent for British newspaper, The Economist was shocked to find out that some Kenyans, who are victims of colonialism are in favour of Putin’s actions.⁣

“Amazed from my exchanges on Twitter today to find that so many Kenyans are imperialists, cheering on Russia as it tries to rebuild its empire and denouncing states trying to assert their independence. The irony is quite extraordinary, really,” Blomfield tweeted.⁣

Most Kenyans responding to the tweet were quick to point out that the West has no moral authority to castigate Russia judging by previous global conflicts.⁣

“Americans are (hypocritically) building an economic & political empires unperturbed. Who stopped America from establishing hundreds of military bases around the world?⁣

Why did America invade Korea, Vietnam, South America & Congo? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” said user @kiptepkowong.⁣



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