Communicating for Communities

Francis Kariuki

Event: Nairobi Peace Talks 2015
Location: United Nations Office at Nairobi
Date: 12/11/2015

The Tweeting Chief Francis Kariuki explains the importance of communication in solving community problems. With examples from his community Lanet Umoja, he reveals how Twitter has helped unite people, strengthen their trust in each other, and encourage them to solve crises together.

Tags: Communication,  Community,  Kenya,  Neighbour,  Security,  Trust,  Unity

Francis Kariuki

Chief of Lanet Umoja

Francis is the administrative chief of Lanet Umoja, home to some 30,000 people in Nakuru North District, 160 kilometers west of Nairobi. Known as ‘The Tweeting Chief’, he has captured national and international attention for his deployment of Twitter, the micro-blogging platform, as a tool for community policing and neighbourhood watch, reporting and preventing crimes. Francis, who also uses Twitter to send messages of hope and peace, has more than 15 years of professional experience in education, government and applied technology to security technology mobilization.