The petition is still several thousand short of requiring a response from the White House. Still, the hashtag #KenyanstoLorettaLynch has begun trending on social media, with users tweeting at the attorney general. It may seem odd that the US’s top law enforcement official is being approached, but Lynch is admired in Kenya for her quick career accession to become the first female African-American attorney general and her recent indictment of 14 senior FIFA officials. Local media report that Lynch is expected to visit Kenya this week. (The US Department of Justice was not immediately available to confirm the visit.)

The hashtag is also being used for general complaints about rampant corruption in the country. Kenya ranks 145th out of 174 countries on Transparency International’s global corruption perceptions index.

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