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After tweeting in French, Uhuru gives Macron a ride in a Peugeot 3008 leaving some Kenyans confused

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday veered from the norm and Tweeted in French, perhaps in a bid to accord visiting French President Emanuel Macron a warm reception.

Macron arrived in Kenya on Wednesday afternoon for a historic visit, as this is the first-ever to the country by a President of France.

President Uhuru Kenyatta received Mr Macron at State House in Nairobi, where he inspected a guard of honour ahead of their talks.

Via Twitter, President Kenyatta said, “I am delighted to host my friend … in his historic visit to Kenya. Kenya and France enjoy a cordial relationship that has helped spur growth, but he did it in a language considered foreign by most Kenyans. He wrote:

The English version of the tweet read: “I am delighted to welcome my friend His Excellency President Emanuel Macron of the Republic of France to State House, Nairobi. Kenya and France have a cordial relationship that has helped to stimulate growth in different sectors to the benefit of our peoples.”

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Understandably, this unusual behaviour by President Kenyatta elicited a varied responses from his followers on the social media platform.

Among them was @bpmasinde who attempted to explain, in corrupted French that corruption was killing President Kenyatta’s legacy.

William Masiga cheekily suggested that the president was speaking in tongues.

A couple of followers were cautious to the possibility the President was about to ‘borrow’ a loan from the French President on behalf of Kenya.

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Digital media key to Africa’s growth story

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Mainstream media have been pushed to focus more on digital platforms since young people are changing the future of the industry.

Talking at the Kusi Ideas Festival in Kigali, Rwanda, on Monday, Nation Media Group Editorial Director Mutuma Mathiu said the platform had been altered to involve more computer-generated reports.

“The future of journalism is exciting. The use of specific devices to receive news is in its last stages. People will receive news from their fridges and all manner of gadgets,” Mr. Mathiu said.

“Journalism as an organized activity in truth-seeking, fact-checking and storytelling is becoming better because of converged technology.”

He, however, warned of social medial being mauled by a lot of fake news.

“We have seen social media being weaponised to rig elections and spread misinformation. People now prefer to pay for credible news,” Mr. Mathiu said

“Whatever form the media takes in the next 60 years, I hope we will continue to talk about the truth and hold leaders to account.”

The platform has changed focus giving social media a more significant say in democracy issues.

Ipsos Kenya Managing Director Aggrey Oriwo said media is going towards a personalized consumption stage, something that the mainstream media should embrace.

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Nairobi: Best African city to work in

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Expatriates have voted in Nairobi as the best African city to work in. According to Expat City Ranking 2019, the residents are friendly and fair weather.

Nairobi is the 45th best city to work in, as stated by a survey conducted by InterNations, the largest community for expatriates.

“About 82 percent describe the locals (Nairobi residents) as friendly and 62 percent find it easy to make friends. The local climate and weather has been a top highlight for expat life, with 91 percent of expats rating this factor positively compared to 59 percent globally,” the report said.

South Africa’s Johannesburg ranked 59th globally, Cape Town (65th) and Nigeria’s Lagos (79th).

The respondents also cited that Nairobi is easy to settle in ranking third worldwide behind Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Manama in Bahrain.

InterNations has more than 3.5 million members, surveyed over 20,000 respondents in 82 cities around the globe in the 2019 ranking.

 

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Plane with 17 passengers on board crashes in DRC

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A passenger plane with about 17 passengers on board crashed on Sunday in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing several people, the provincial governor’s office said.

The plane, operated by the local company Busy Bee, crashed during takeoff for a flight to the city of Beni, North Kivu Governor Carly Nzanzu Kasivita’s office said in a statement.

The number of fatalities was not yet clear.Busy Bee was not available for comment.Air accidents are relatively frequent in Congo because of lax safety standards and poor maintenance. \All Congolese commercial carriers, including Busy Bee, are banned from operating in the European Union.

A cargo plane departing from the same airport crashed an hour after take-off in October, killing all eight passengers.

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