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VIDEO: Uhuru receives hero’s welcome as he unveils his father’s bust in Cuba

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Cuba  honoured Kenya’s founding father Thursday as a towering figure in African and Caribbean liberation movement.

A bust of founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was unveiled at the Park of African Heroes in Cuba on Thursday at a ceremony attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Cuban leadership said the unveiling of the Bust of the late President Kenyatta at the Park of African Heroes in Havana was significant as it goes along way in demonstrating the rich history Kenya and Cuba have in terms of Liberation struggles.

The park was built for heroes who relate to the liberation struggle of African independence from the colonial powers.

Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s bust is the 17th of the African Heroes on display at the Park.

 

The recognition of the Late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta as one of African Heroes is a clear manifestation of his premier place among others in African history.

Speaking during the unveiling ceremony, President Kenyatta thanked people of Cuba for their selfless and persistent solidarity with the African people.

President Kenyatta said Africa and the African peoples would forever be grateful to Cuba as they have been the biggest benefactors of Cuba’s revolutionary stance.

“Africa will forever cherish its relationship with Cuba. Together we will continue to forge mutually beneficial partnerships for the prosperity of our peoples and nations,” said the President.

“I take this opportunity to thank you and the people of Cuba for your solidarity and comradeship in the African liberation movements against colonialism, settler imperialism and apartheid,” said the President.

He pointed out that the Cuban people held strongly to the deep conviction that their freedom was inextricably linked to the freedom of Africa.

He pointed Kenya would not take for granted honour granted to its founding father, as the Park recognizes and celebrates the huge contributions of Africa heroes made in the liberation struggle for Africa.

“In honour of our founding fathers, Kenya and Cuba will continue strengthening relations through the principled development of human relationships based on mutual respect,” said the President.

President Kenyatta pointed out that it is the historical relationship that the two countries celebrate as it continues to inspire a new generation of African-Caribbean leaders.

“It is worth noting that during the Cuban revolutionary war, Fidel Castro named one of the Brigades the ‘Mau Mau’ in honour of the freedom fighters in Kenya,” said President Kenyatta.

The Cuban Minister for Culture Abel Prieto termed the late Kenyan founding father as an icon whose example of heroism inspired many to take up arms against the colonial masters.

“Kenya’s rich liberation struggle story became a big inspiration to the Cubans resistance against imperialism,” said the Cuban Cultural Minister

Several African-Caribbean diplomats representing their countries in Cuba attended the ceremony.

PSCU contributed to this report.

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VIDEO: US Senator angers Kenyans for saying Facebook user-agreement is written in Swahili

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Louisiana Senator, John Kennedy, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee has pricked the ego of many Kenyans – and indeed that of other Swahili speakers – and left them very disappointed over his utterances.

This after he spoke in derogatory terms while answering a question during an interview with Kennedy  on popular Talk Show “Face the Nation” on CBS.

He was speaking about Facebook and its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg who appeared before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees on Tuesday before heading to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.

An apparently angry Sen. Kennedy took issue with the tech giant’s end user agreement which he said was written in a language nobody understands.

“The service agreement with Facebook….It is written in Swahili. Nobody understands it,” said the lawmaker.

Below is the verbatim part of the transcript:

KENNEDY: “It may be the case. I would rather do it with Facebook and the other social media platforms. Look, we’ve got to talk about the initial bargain. Is it, is it fair for me to give up all of my personal data to Facebook and apparently everybody else in the Western Hemisphere in exchange for me being able to see what some of my high school buddies had for dinner Saturday night? Who, who owns my data? Do I own it or does Facebook own it? The service agreement with Facebook. It’s written in Swahili. Nobody understands it. Should I have the right to to opt in as opposed to opt out — put the burden on Facebook? Should I have the right to erase my data? Should I have the right to demand that Facebook get my permission before it sells the data? We all know that poison is being spread on social media, not just Facebook. How are we going to stop it? And by the way while we’re talking about that — what’s poison? First Amendment concerns.”

Reaction on social media was swift, most of it on Facebook.

Kinyuajk wrote: Haya ni madharau ya aina gani sasa?

KanyuaRose wrote: “Mr Senator, I do understand Swahili and I am not a nobody. Shape up.

JoeOketch: Kumbe lose mouth pia ziko Marekani. Did he really have to say that?

Maulidi Juma wrote the following on Instagram: Is he serious that nobody understands Swahili. How derogatory?

Wakesho wroite: Of all the languages amechagua Kiswahili kutuchafulia jina not long after Trump reportedly called us sh**holes? Ngoja tu ataonana na Wakenya.

Watch the video below courtesy of CBS:

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Pomp, colour and fireworks as President Kenyatta’s son weds at State House

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With all the pomp and lavishness befitting a man from the first family, president Uhuru Kenyatta’s first son, Jomo Kenyatta, married his long-time sweetheart Fiona Achola Ngobi in an elegant all-white ceremony held at State House on Sunday evening.

The invite-only wedding was kept out of media and public attention and guests are reported to have been barred from accessing the venue with any recording cameras or phones. Probably explains why nothing from the event is yet to leak on social media.

Achola is niece to Defence CS Raychelle Omamo and granddaughter to the late William Odongo Omamo; former minister for Agriculture, Minister for Environment and Natural Resources and a former Member of Parliament for the Bondo Constituency and Muhoroni Constituency.

Achola and Kenyatta welcomed their first child, baby Wanjiru, in November 2017.

The wedding attracted top personalities within Kenya’s political and social scene, and was complete with fireworks at night.

The two held their traditional dowry and wedding ceremony in 2016 in Ichaweri, Gatundu. The baby was named Wanjiru after Kenyatta’s mother, First Lady Margaret.

 

We wish the couple all the best in their marriage.

-Citizen

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Kenyan teens in Atlanta arrested in connection with murder of father of 3

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Police in Acworth, Georgia, say they have arrested three people in connection with the March shooting death of a 25-year-old father of three.

Daniel Perez was shot March 23 as he sat in the passenger side of a pickup truck in a shopping center along Blue Springs Road, not far from North Cobb High School, police said. He was removed from life support last week and succumbed to his injuries.

On Monday, Acworth investigators with the assistance of Cobb County Police searched a home along Memorial Parkway in Kennesaw.

 Police say they have arrested 20-year-old Kennesaw resident Devin Thomas and 18-year-old Maria Mungai, of Acworth, on murder charges. A 15-year-old juvenile from Kennesaw has also been arrested in connection with Perez’ death, but police have not released the name of this third suspect.

Devin Thomas.

Acworth police on Tuesday declined to divulge any additional information, citing their ongoing murder investigation.

“Detectives are finalizing a motive and actively working leads in this case, including forensic evidence recovered from the scene,” Cpl. Youlanda Leverette said previously.

Maria Mungai

Thomas and Mungai are being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center, jail records show.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 770-974-1232.

-Marietta Journal

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