Kenyans are “experienced in stealing and perpetuating other crimes”, the president has said, during a state visit to Israel.
Uhuru Kenyatta added that Kenya was “20 times more wonderful” than Israel, but “all we ever do is complain”.
Kenyans were also abusers, and promoted tribalism, he said, in an address to Kenyans living in Israel.
His comments were seen as an attempt to encourage Kenyans to develop their country, like Israel, says the BBC’s Wanyama Chebusiri in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
However, many Kenyans believe that the president’s speech was just rhetoric, and he was not serious about tackling corruption or ethnic divisions in the East African state, our reporter says.
They complain that ethnicity determines whether they get government jobs, and bribery and corruption are endemic in government, he adds.