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Chinese loans don’t bother me, Uhuru tells CNN

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is questioning why Kenya’s debt critics only focus on debt owed to China while there are other states that have lent money to the country.

Mr Kenyatta says Kenya has a “healthy mix of debt” because the country’s lenders are not only China but also Japan, United States, and many others.

The president made the remarks in an interview with CNN‘s Richard Quest that was recorded last Friday and aired on Monday night.

Mr Quest was probing the president on whether he is weary of China’s “another agenda” in the loans it is giving to African states.

“Why are we focusing ourselves only on one lender?” Mr Kenyatta asked.

“As far as I am concerned, we have a very healthy mix of debt from the multilateral lenders — who are basically the World Bank and the African Development Bank — to bilateral lenders like Japan, China, France, all who are participating and working with us to help us achieve our objectives,” added Mr Kenyatta.

On the question of China’s intentions, he replied: “We have an infrastructure gap that we need to fill and we are going to work with our partners across the globe who are willing to partner and to work with us.”

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The president noted that Japan is the biggest lender to Kenya’s port projects while France is a major funder of electricity generation projects.

He also insisted that Kenya’s high ratio of debt against the gross domestic product (GDP) does not bother him.

“What would worry me is if the debt that we have incurred has gone into recurrent expenditure, has gone into paying salaries or electricity bills and so on and so forth. But what we have utilised our debt for is to close the infrastructure gap,” he said.

Mr Quest also wanted to know whether Mr Kenyatta would be interested in having a review of the Constitution so he can serve for a third term.

“I’m not interested in a third term,” Mr Kenyatta replied.

He also disclosed that his “handshake” pact with ODM leader Raila Odinga was towards bringing an end to the animosity that engulfs Kenya every time an election is nearing.

“We’ve said, ‘Look, we don’t have to always agree on everything. But we can agree on things Kenya, and we can agree that this issue of cyclical elections has to come to an end,'” said Mr Kenyatta.​

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Minister caught on video masturbating says clip was for his wife

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South Africa’s embattled Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has resigned two weeks after a video of him masturbating was widely circulated online.

A statement from the presidency said Mr Gigaba – a senior member of the governing African Natuional Congress (ANC) – was “stepping aside for the sake of our country and the movement to which he belongs”.

Mr Gigaba had accused South Africa’s security services of hacking his phone and releasing the 13-second video which, he says, was for his wife.

The 47-year-old has courted controversy in recent years over allegations that he used his powerful roles in various ministerial portfolios to assist the controversial Gupta business family.

The Indian-born businessmen were widely linked to several corruption scandals under ex-President Jacob Zuma’s administration.

All parties, including Mr Gigaba, deny any wrongdoing.

Many questioned Mr Gigaba’s fitness to hold office, saying his reputation had been tarnished.

In recent weeks, the questions grew louder, first over a Constitutional Court ruling which upheld an earlier finding that he lied under oath while giving evidence about a government contract.

This was followed by a recommendation by the public protector that he be disciplined for ethical breaches.

Opposition parties had been pushing President Cyril Ramaphosa to sack him, and they have welcomed his resignation.

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Beautiful 13-Year-Old Kenyan Girl Appointed Ambassador By UNICEF

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13-year-old gymnast Wendi Waeni has been appointed as the an Inspirational & Enthusiastic Young Champion Ambassador by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

The young lady took to her social media accounts to express her joy for the opportunity given to her by UNICEF.

“I am Proud to be appointed as an Inspirational & Enthusiastic Young Champion Ambassador by @unicef. This year’s World Childrens Day on 20th Nov 2018 we advocate a World where every child is in school to achieve their dreams,” she said.

Wendy, who has performed in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta, British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Paul Kagame among other leaders, advocates for the right to free and quality education for every child.

“Every child in the world has the right to a free and quality education. More than 260 million children and young people are out of school, and many of them will never get an education.”

“All children have the right to an education and access to skills which will help them prepare for their future. Children are the future of the planet and we have the fundamental right to a quality education,” she added.

 

 

 

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‘Normal is boring’, Lupita’s brother says as he dons a dress

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Peter Nyong’o Junior, the younger brother of Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’o, is back on the headlines due to his peculiar sense of fashion.

He attended the 10th anniversary of Blankets and Wine Festival at Ngong Racecourse wearing a maxi dress.

The photo earned him praise for his bold move, but not from everybody.

One follower commended him for being so experimental, while another supported his choice by saying ‘normal is boring’

However one disturbed follower slid to his Direct Message (DM) seeking to know the motivation behind the choice of the dress.

Junior would later post the conversation on his story line to explain himself.

Follower: Bro what’s up with the dress?

Junior: Uko na shida?

Follower: Nah bro just wanna know the thought process behind it

Junior: There is no thought process my G. If a piece of clothing looks good it looks good.

Last year during ‘Star Wars’ movies premiere in US, Junior was trolled on social media for wearing a kanga wrap and also spotting a nose ring.

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