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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.

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“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.

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“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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BREAKING: One suspect arrested in the Westlands attack

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One suspect has been arrested following the Tuesday afternoon attack in Riverside, Nairobi as rescue operations continue.

Specialist police units have been at the scene as they seek to apprehend other attackers at the DusitD2 Hotel.

At the same time, more heavily armed security officers aboard two UN vehicles have made way into the building.

Security teams could also be seen patrolling the fourth floor of the building housing the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) offices.

Mr Francis Njue, who was caught up in the melee, narrated how in most of the rooms, shaken customers and visitors had locked themselves in and would not open even after police officers who were first to arrive identified themselves.

Those being rescued had to undergo thorough frisking by the security agencies.

Source: Daily Nation

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Latest from the attack in Westlands, Nairobi

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  • The attackers arrived using a car, KCN 340E, and another vehicle that advanced further in.
  • They forced their way into 14 Riverside Drive and forced security guards to open the gate by shooting at them.
  • They then advanced and hurled explosives into vehicles at the parking lot before making their way into Dusit D2 Hotel which houses several offices and hotels.
  • The vehicle used by the attackers has been cordoned and the Bomb and Hazardous Disposal Unit is preparing to scrutinise it to establish whether it has explosives.
  • Response teams including the Recce Squad, Flying Squad, Anti-Terrorism Police Unit and the bomb squad led by Director DCI George Kinoti have responded.
  • Currently, police are trying to establish exactly where the attackers are using a map of the building so that they can advance into the Dusit D2.
  • One suspect has been arrested and many people rescued in the ongoing operation as police comb DusitD2 Hotel for more attackers.
  • The area has since been cordoned off and motorists are advised to use alternative routes to facilitate smooth operations by the Police.
  • The whereabouts of the attackers, whom witnesses said are about six, is still unknown.
  • Three people with gunshot wounds from the attack have been rushed to the Aga Khan University Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital.
  • Attack comes exactly three years after the El Adde attack in Somalia where over 100 KDF soldiers were killed.
  • Other injured people have been taken to M P Shah and Avenue hospitals.
  • Many of those who were trapped inside different apartments near the scene attack continue being rescued.
  • Avenue Hospital in Parklands has so far received eight casualties, one in critical condition while another one is a pregnant woman.
  • The Aga Khan Hospital also reports having received four casualties – three men and one “non-African” woman.
  • The biggest challenge so far is getting those injured to hospitals as there is heavy traffic preventing ambulances from leaving the scene of the attack.
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Source: Daily Nation

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BREAKING LIVE VIDEO: Police respond to gunshots reported at Dusit Hotel in Riverside, Nairobi.

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

There are reports of gunshots at 14 Riverside office park in Nairobi’s Chiromo area.

14 Riverside Office Park houses  Dusit D2, Commission for Revenue Allocation, PR firm Media Edge and many other offices.

According to witnesses, it started with an explosion.

“Were lying on the floor in our offices can’t look out,” said one Twitter user @bnsearcher.

 

 

Screen grab of situation at Dusit Hotel

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