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Israel PM Netanyahu to attend Kenyatta’s inauguration

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to fly to Nairobi  next week to attend the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta, his office said Thursday.

According to an official communication, Netanyahu will fly in Tuesday morning and leave later the same day after attending the ceremony to swear in Kenyatta, who has led the East African country since 2013 and won the October 26th repeat election shrouded in controversy and which some observers said was rigged.

Kenya’s opposition boycotted the rerun election, leading the incumbent to garner 98.25% of votes cast. Voter participation was at 38 percent.

The election’s first round, on August 8, was overturned by the Supreme Court after opposition leaders complained the results had been hacked.

Given doubts over the election’s legitimacy, the international community has so far largely held back its congratulations to Kenyatta. And yet, some 100,000 people are expected at Tuesday’s inauguration, to take place in Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium, according to local reports.

Opposition groups that refuse to accept Kenyatta’s election victory are planning to hold an “alternative inauguration,” which might erupt into violence, observers of African politics said.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Nairobi on July 5, 2016 (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Israel sees Kenya as a key strategic partner in East Africa. The two countries cooperate in many areas, including in the fight against Islamic terrorism.

In July 2016, Netanyahu became the first sitting Israeli prime minister to visit Kenya. During the visit, Kenyatta pledged to help Israel gain observer status at the African Union. “We believe that there is need for us as a continent to once again to re-engage Israel on a more positive basis, with an understanding that our partnership can help make this world that much more secure,” Kenyatta said at a joint press conference with Netanyahu at Nairobi State House.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (C-L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C-R) sign agreements in Jerusalem on February 23, 2016. (AMIR COHEN / POOL / AFP)

Israel and Kenya are “natural partners,” Netanyahu said. “We face common challenges, the first among them is as I’ve just said, terror… Now, alongside these common challenges, Israel and Kenya share common opportunities in technology, water, agriculture, cyber and much more.”

In February 2016, Kenyatta — the son of Kenya’s founding president Jomo Kenyatta — visited Jerusalem. “My hope is that my visit to Israel will open another chapter in our long history of relations for the benefit of our two countries and peoples,” he said at the time.

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IRONY: CNN Publishes Larry Madowo’s article after “Daily Nation’ rejects it

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Celebrated NTV news anchor Larry Madowo was on Wednesday dealt a major blow by his employer Nation Media Group (NMG), days after his controversial opinion piece on Interior and Coordination Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

In a tweet, Mr. Madowo disclosed that the Daily Nation, a paper published by the Aga Khan-owned media house, refused to publish his opinion piece on his FrontRow column.

NTV news anchor Larry Madowo (Facebook)

The outspoken journalist noted that it was the first time in nearly four years that such a thing happened during his employment at NMG.

“This week, the @dailynation refused to print my column for the first time in nearly 4 years,” he tweeted.

Though the Daily Nation refused to publish Madowo’s Wednesday opinion piece titled: Why it’s a perilous time to be a journalist in Kenya, International Media company CNN took up the article and published it.

“The irony aside, the same piece is now published on CNN,” he said.

In the piece, Madowo speaks of how he spent the night at his office after plain clothed police officers camped outside NMG’s building along Kimathi street with the intention of arresting him NTV Managing Editor Linus Kaikai and anchor Ken Mijungu.

The trio was being hunted down by police for refusing to adhere to Government’s order not to broadcast the controversial swearing-in of NASA leader Raila Odinga as the People’s President.

“They had orders to arrest my colleagues Linus Kaikai who also chairs the Editors Guild, reporter Ken Mijungu and myself without a warrant which would have set a dangerous precedent.

“The next day, we had to sneak out into a safe house as our lawyers battled to keep us from getting detained,” Madowo mentions in his piece.

Before Odinga’s oath-taking Madowo entered into a scuffle with his bosses over media independence during an official meeting.

The NTV news anchor was particularly agitated that the company had not taken any meaningful action to protect Justus Wanga – a Nation reporter who faced threats from Deputy President William Ruto’s press secretary David Mugonyi.

A source privy to the details of the meeting told Pulselive.co.ke that the management was considering scrapping Madowo’s column from the Daily Nation.

Read the full article here courtesy of CNN

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VIDEO: AU summit ends in Addis amid claims of bugging by the Chinese

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The 30th AU summit wound up Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia after 8 days of deliberations on a myriad of topics.

Meanwhile, China has dismissed reports it bugged the African Union (AU) headquarters as “preposterous”.

Kuang Weilin, the Chinese ambassador to the AU, told reporters in Ethiopia the “absurd” claim in France’s Le Monde was “very difficult to understand”.

He spoke out three days after the newspaper published an article claiming data from the Chinese-built AU building was being copied to Shanghai.

The article said the discovery resulted in all the AU servers being switched.

Le Monde spoke to a number of anonymous sources, who claimed the alleged transfer was taking place late at night [link in French], and was only spotted in January 2017 due to the spike in activity between midnight and 02:00, despite no-one being in the building.

It was suggested the alleged data transfer had been taking place since 2012, when the building, in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, was opened.

Officials also brought in security experts from Algeria to sweep the entire headquarters for potential bugs, the newspaper said, leading to the discovery of microphones in desks.

But Mr Kuang – who hailed the headquarters as a “monument” to his country’s relationship with the continent – said it was entirely untrue.

“I really question its intention,” he told reporters on Monday. “I think it will undermine and send a very negative message to people. I think it is not good for the image of the newspaper itself.

“Certainly, it will create problems for China-Africa relations.”

-Agencies

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