Kenyans on social media had a lot to say after a photo of Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and a plump officer hit the internet. Kenyans were quick to troll the Homa Bay chief with many claiming he needs to work out.

Matiangi’s ministry has now issued a statement to save the chief from the trolls, saying that unnamed official was suffering from a genetic disorder.

Communication Director at the Interior and Co-ordination Ministry, Njoka Mwenda, said that the chief has been seeking medical attention to help him lose weight but it has not helped. She urged Kenyans to stop mocking him.

“The Chief in Homa Bay suffers from a rare genetic disease and has tried all sorts of treatment to no avail. Its callous and inhuman to accuse him of being corrupt by virtue of genetic illness,” Njoka said in his statement.