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VIDEO: Uhuru tells CNN he is not interested in becoming a PM in 2022

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On Monday, international media house CNN aired an interview of President Uhuru Kenyatta with senior business anchor Richard Quest who visited the country a week ago.

The interview focused on the developing issues that the country was facing.

Here are the five things that Uhuru told Quest during the interview courtesy of CNN.

Economic Policies Set

The president stated that his government had taken the first five years to concentrate on the country’s infrastructure through improvement of the roads and railways system, better water connection and effective supply of electricity.

Uhuru explained that he has now shifted focus to the more softer aspects which include improvement of health, creation of jobs and better housing facilities which form the basis of the improvements he is to make during the remaining four years.

Problems that come with Elections

The Head of State noted that the country was moving away from having elections disorient the nation every time they are held as witnessed in previous years.

” That is why we have been really focusing ourselves on working together with even the opposition leaders and say Kenya comes first.

“We cannot be always going through this sickly cycle where we are talking and fighting about elections.

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“We need to move forward,” stated Uhuru.

He pointed out that the handshake with opposition leader Raila Odinga was aimed at steering the country forward.

Financial Debt facing the Country

President Uhuru highlighted that the reason for the acquisition of the loan from China was aimed to close the infrastructure gap.

” Someone coming to Nairobi in the next 10 years, let us not talk about the rest of the country but just Nairobi, will be able to note the improvements done,” stated the President.

Uhuru disregarded claims that Kenya is only borrowing from China and stated that the country was getting financial support from other nations such as Japan and France.

“We have borrowed from China, US, the General Electric, who are the backbone of what we are doing in the health sector.

“When it comes to energy, we are working closely with AFT(Agriculture Fast Track) by African Development Bank and the World Bank,” remarked Uhuru.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during the interview with Richard Quest

China’s Hidden Agenda

Uhuru dismissed the allegations that China had a hidden agenda towards the financial support they accorded African countries.

The president affirmed that Kenya had a development agenda that he was fully committed to achieve before the completion of his term in office.

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“From our Kenyan perspective, We have a development, social, economic agenda and we are willing to partner with any country,” stated the Head of State.

Running for a third Term

President Uhuru revealed that he would not change the constitution in order to run for a third term in 2022.

” I am not interested in a third term. People are talking about constitutional change not necessarily because they desire the president to seek a third term but due to the issues that are related to the cost of running the new constitution,” explained Uhuru.

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How Nairobi dust and old car tested Michele Obama’s love for her husband

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This year, First lady Michelle Obama was enjoying Beyonce and Jay Z’ performance in France while her husband Barack Obama visited his home and family in Kenya, Bondo.

The former American First lady Michelle Obama has now opened up on a possible reason why she did not accompany her husband Barrack Obama during his two recent visits to Kenya saying that her first visit in the country was just more than frustrating.

In her memoir titled “Becoming”, Michelle shared that on her first trip to Kenya in 1992 was full of misfortunes and even wore the wrong shoes. Obama’s sister, Auma, also had an old car that left her frustrated.

“Auma’s sky-blue VW was so old that it often needed to be pushed in order to get the engine into gear. I’d ill-advisedly bought new white sneakers to wear on the trip, and within a day, after all the pushing we did, they’d turned reddish brown, stained with the cinnamon-hued dust of Nairobi,” she shared. 

The 54-year-old who was born the US in 1964 added that the trip was also tiring and although she witnessed some beautiful scenaries, she was really frustrated.

“For every bit of awe we felt in Kenya, we were also tired, which led to quibbling, which led finally, for whatever reason, to rage. “I’m so angry at Barack,” I wrote in my journal. “I don’t think we have anything in common.” My thoughts trailed off there. As a measure of my frustration, I drew a long emphatic gash across the rest of the page,” the memoir went on.” she said. 

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Kenyans in US get discounts on fare, three luggage on KQ direct flight

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Kenya Airways has turned to the more than 100,000 Kenyans living in the US with generous discounts in a bid to shore up passenger numbers three weeks since it launched direct flights to New York.

National carrier, which has been grappling with low passenger numbers, says Kenyans who book tickets directly will enjoy a 10 per cent discount on fares and three of their luggage.

“The special rate for the Kenyan diaspora is only available for bookings made directly on our website,” Stephen Ngamau, KQ’s area manager for the Americas, says in a notice on display at the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC.

“We encourage guests to enrol onto our database for more updates and offers… We look forward to having the Kenyan diaspora aboard Kenya Airways soon.” The fares on the New York route range between Sh79,000 and Sh105,000 depending on the booking period.

Kenya estimates the number of its citizens studying or working in the US at 130,000 even though other sources claim the figure could be as high as 300,000. The group has been very active in the country’s economic affairs with the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) data showing that North America accounted for 50.8 per cent of the Sh197.1 billion that citizens living abroad sent home last year.

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The trend has continued this year with CBK data showing that Kenyans living in North America sent home Sh72.1 billion in the first six months of this year, representing a 69.3 per cent growth over the Sh42.5 billion received in a similar period last year.

Kenya launched its daily non-stop flights to the US on October 28 in what government officials said would stimulate tourism, trade and investments from the world’s largest economy.

The national carrier is cutting back on flights citing low demand. It has rescheduled flights covering November to March and cancelled 10 flights between last Monday and December 5.

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Uganda deploys military, police to guard Chinese investors

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The Ugandan government has deployed military and police officers to guard Chinese investors after the latter threatened to leave the country following a wave of attacks.

Mr You Jing Shu, the chairperson of Guangdong Chamber of Commerce, a lobby of about 50 Chinese companies in Uganda, said last week that many investors were considering leaving unless the government beefed up security.

“I may personally be resilient to this kind of insecurity because I lived in South Sudan, which is more hostile than here. But other investors who are faint-hearted can leave,” Mr Shu said in an interview with Daily Monitor.

ATTACKS

On October 23, a group of unknown assailants raided the residential quarters of CCLE Rubber Company in Mbalala in central Mukono District injuring five people — three Chinese nationals and two Ugandans. The attackers are said to have made away with $11,000 in cash, mobile phones, and electronic appliances whose worth was unspecified.

Mr Chen Fan, the director of the company, told Daily Monitor that machete-wielding gang beat up the security guard, injuring him, and took away his gun which they later abandoned.

“This is scaring us. I feel I should leave the country because this is not the first company to be attacked. It is very bad,” Mr Fan said.

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Uganda police spokesman, Mr Emilian Kayima, said investigations on the attack and other similar ones are underway.

“We are taking this matter seriously. As I speak, I am in the field in Luweero (district that neighbours Mukono to the southeast) investigating a similar matter and very soon we shall come up with a solution,” Mr Kayima said.

MEETING

Last week, a delegation of Chinese investors met with top government officials over the rising wave of armed and violent robberies that have resulted in loss of life and property.

The closed-door crisis meeting was attended by the minister of Internal Affairs Gen Jeje Odongo, Security minister Gen Elly Tumwine, the Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola, the director-general of Internal Security Organisation (domestic spy agency) Col Kaka Bagyenda, and Mr Ronald Kibuule, the Mukono North MP.

The government assured the Chinese that they would be provided with armed guards.

Mr Kibuule told Daily Monitor that the meeting had been ordered by President Yoweri Museveni after the MP informed him of the attacks in his constituency.

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