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REVEALED: Why Uhuru Kenyatta is in Cuba [VIDEO]

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

President Uhuru Kenyatta early Wednesday morning travelled to Cuba for a three day State visit aimed at strengthening collaboration and cooperation in health, sports, the blue economy and trade.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said President Kenyatta’s visit will also seek to explore and expand further areas of cooperation for mutual benefit.

During the visit, Kenya hopes to learn vital lessons behind Cuba’s success in its well-developed preventive health care system including the discovery of vaccines against lung cancer, the eradication of Malaria and a thriving pharmaceutical industry.

As a result of these milestones in health, the World Health Organization has declared Cuba as a nation with a Model Health Care, a status that Kenya hopes to learn from and achieve under President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.

The Big four agenda, which is aimed at boosting Kenya’s Development focuses on four deliverables that include accessible universal health care alongside manufacturing, affordable housing and food security.

Mr Manoah said Cuba is also keen in registering and selling its pharmaceutical products in the Kenyan market and President Kenyatta will encourage the Caribbean Nation to set up a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Kenya to serve the larger East and Central Africa regional markets.

Other areas of engagement that the President will explore with his Cuban hosts, said Manoah, include building the Kenyan capacity and increasing the number of specialists in orthopaedic surgery, oncology, neurology, and trauma management.

Kenya is also interested to collaborate with Cuba in research on cancer, drugs for diabetes and eradication of Malaria.

The President will seek Cuba’s support in several areas of sports development including capacity building and training in boxing, volleyball and track events while the latter nation will seek cooperation and support for its athletes and coaches to train in Kenya’s renown High-Altitude facilities.

The Republic of Cuba is the largest and most populous Caribbean Island Nation whose neighbours include Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Haiti. Its population stands at over 11 million people.

Cuba boasts the second highest literacy rate in the world standing at 99.8 per cent. The Island nation is home to some 47 universities and 23 medical institutions.

Havana, the largest metropolis, serves as the capital city, leading commercial centre and also constitutes one of Cuba’s 15 provinces.

The plane carrying the Head of State and his entourage taxied off at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) shortly after 12.00 am.

Deputy President William Ruto, the Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka led a host of Members of parliament and senior government officials in seeing off the President.

PSCU contributed to this report.

 

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VIDEO: Someone tell New York Times, in Kenya we align the journalists ourselves

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A furious Citizen TV journalist turned on his colleagues on Wednesday for blocking his shot during a media briefing that was being televised live.

Senior Reporter Hassan Mugambi, with vast experience in security matters, had spent hours covering events at 14 Riverside complex and did not take it kindly when his view was blocked

In a video clip that has gone viral, Mugambi is seen smacking other journalists on their backs as he tells them to cower and stop blocking his view.

 

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VIDEO: Woman claims singer Ben Githae has abandoned her with twins 

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

A woman has come out claiming  Tano Tena hit maker Ben Githae has left her with two little girls.

The woman, Rose Wanjiru said she had an affair with the gospel singer and got twins from the relationship, but Mr Githae has now neglected taking care of the children.

However, reached for comment, Ben Githae rubbished the claims saying he was paying for rent for the woman.

“If she want to soil my name by going to media and if she thinks going to the media will help her, let her do it, but I have not denied the children are mine,” said Mr Githae.

The woman claims she met Mr Githae in 2011 in Thika where he had gone to perform, she got pregnant in 2016.

According to Ms Wanjiru, the singer helped her for sometime and later withdrew. She claims he at one time sent Mungiki thugs to beat her up when she was pregnant. Ms Wanjiru claims Githae later claimed the children belonged to a Pastor called JJ Gitahi.

“I have told him if the children are not his, let him come we carry out a DNA, he has stopped paying for rent, and claimed the children are Pastor JJ’s,” she said adding that she had met with pastor JJ Gitahi on three occasions then stopped so she could concentrate on Mr Githae.

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American newspaper New York Times declines to pull down graphic images on Dusit attack

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The New York Times has come under intense pressure from its readers and Kenyans online for publishing graphic images of victims of Tuesday’s terror attack at Dusit D2 Hotel at Riverside Drive in Nairobi.

Kenyans on Twitter came out in droves to condemn the New York Times after it published gory images that attracted a global outcry.

In a statement, the American publication said: “We have heard from some readers upset with our publishing a photo showing victims after a brutal attack in Nairobi.”

“We understand how painful this coverage can be, and we try to be very sensitive in how we handle both words and images in these situations,” the statement read.

Images published by powerful paper on its website showed bodies in the restaurant, victims covered in blood and gory scenes.

This sparked off an online backlash, with some readers asking the publisher to pull them down, because of their distasteful nature.

But the publisher is yet to delete the photos from their story.

We want to be respectful to the victims and to others affected by the attack. But we also believe it is important to give our readers a clear picture of the horror of an attack like this — this includes showing pictures that are not sensationalised but that give a real sense of the situation,” the publisher said in a statement published on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

The publisher said they take the same approach worldwide whenever such events occur by balancing the need for sensitivity for respect with its mission of showing the reality of the happenings.

Source: Daily Nation

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