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VIDEO: Drama as Uhuru reads Riot Act to his closest political ally, followed by deletion of his Social media accounts

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Three words. Three words that left little to the imagination on Friday caused so much drama that many suspect they were the reason behind the suspending of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s social media accounts.

Like most things these days, it all started with a tweet. “If you are corrupt we will fight you. You can be my brother or my sister or my closest political ally. I won’t be clouded by ethnicity or status in my quest to leave behind a united nation and I will continue championing for Kenya’s unity” tweeted Mr. Kenyatta’s official Twitter account.

An hour later, the President’s Facebook and Twitter accounts had been suspended with State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita saying it was a result of “unauthorized access.”

“On account of unauthorized access to the official social media handles of H.E the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. All official social media handles for the President have been temporarily suspended to allow for the necessary remedial measures to be undertaken,” he said.

Deleting a President’s official social media handles is a major issue – not quite a national security level issue but in 2019, it might as well be – if there is anything like that so this means people would ask a lot of questions.

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When some Twitter employee deleted President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, it was breaking news globally and even the CIA were involved to try and get to the bottom of it.

What exactly does unauthorized access mean? Was the account hacked? Why not delete the offending tweet or status and move on? This is not a road or a building that needs to be closed to allow for renovations.

But while people were still scratching their heads, some keen Kenyans noted that a video shared by the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) had the “closest political ally” line edited out.

Was the “closest political ally” character his Deputy President William Ruto? Does this mean the infighting between Uhuru and Ruto camps has hit a crescendo and it is now an all out war?

Again, Mr. Waita tried to downplay the issue tweeting; “It seems the President’s stand on corruption has generated all manner of reactions.”

But that did little to calm the waters and this pressure may have forced PSCU to release the original version that contained “closest political ally” in what Mr. Waita said was to show that the President stands by his statement.

No word on why the accounts were suspended but those three words seem to have a lot to do with it. We just have to wait and see what happens next.

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-Citizen TV

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Uhuru’s Security acts swiftly after Chinese man tries to touch him

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President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s security is not taking any chance with his safety during his visit to China.

A video has emerged online of a Chinese delegate trying to get the president’s attention while leaving the Kenya-China Business Forum which he was presiding over.

The clip shows that as soon as the man stretches his hand to touch Uhuru, one of his security men elbows him to the side as the president unresponsively walks ahead.

The bodyguard also seems to have had a word with the businessman because the Chinese man nods as they exchange glances.

The businessman was left dejected and had to think of a better way to seek an audience with President Kenyatta.

The forum sought to strengthen business ties between Kenya and China with a focus on increasing commerce between the two countries.

Uhuru delivered a presentation in a bid to woo the Chinese investors present at the forum to view Kenya as a highly valuable investment opportunity.

President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at the Kenya-China Business Forum on 26/04/19

 

“We are not asking you to do Kenya any favours, we want you to come and invest in Kenya because when you make money, we will make money, this is what shared prosperity is all about,” Uhuru asserted.

President Uhuru informed the various delegates that investing in Kenya offered a unique opportunity, as it provided any potential investors greater access to a wider African market.

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Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia, revealed that 11 Chinese companies were jostling to get a piece of the pie in terms of investing in Kenya’s Affordable Housing Project.

Watch the video below:

-Kenyans.co.ke

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I’m not a Shylock: Jaguar disowns money lending app

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Starehe MP Charles Njagua, popularly known as Jaguar, has disowned a money lending app that is being marketed as a platform enjoying his sponsorship.

Jaguar has warned the public not to fall victim of the app dubbed ‘Jaguar loan app’.

The app allegedly gives needy Kenyans loans from Sh5, 000.

It bears an old photo of the MP sitting in a chair with a bundle of cash in his hands. The picture was taken from a scene of Jaguar’s  video of his hit song ‘Kioo’.

“Kenyans don’t get duped…..It would be so sad to lose your money to unscrupulous people,” wrote Jaguar on his social media pages.

Unlike other apps that send money directly to a client’s mobile phone, ‘Jaguar loan app’ asks for details of the client’s bank account details where the money will be allegedly deposited.

“Mobile Loans makes it easy for you to access loans from your phone anywhere, any time. Sign up in less than 5 minutes, fill your bank account details, apply for a loan you qualify and receive your money straight to whichever bank account you provide.

“It’s a fast, convenient and reliable way to access instant credit when you need it most. We help you get instant and easy personal or business loans to meet your goals. Everything is done right from the app,” reads the instructions on the app.

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Jaguar joins the list of politicians including Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Embakasi East MP Babu Owino whose names and photos have been used by conmen to solicit money from unsuspecting Kenyans.

“Nmeekelea thao tatu usiseme zimekunywa Maji,” said donjazzy254.

“Nilikua nataka kui download ila nilipo ona niya “4.6mb” app niliishuku,” wrote tomilli_tenymes.

“Anzisha uenye ni real sasa coz i see the person in the picture ni wewe mwesh,” commented kiptookip.

“Thanks for the information,” stated Jessica Muli.

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Kenyan government freezes travel for officers without digital passports

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The government has frozen foreign travel for civil servants without digital passports.

In a circular dated April 15 to government institutions, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua cited hitches in processing of visa and entry permits using the machine-readable ones, which are set to expire in September.

Although entry and exit requirements vary from country to country, Mr Kinyua said the general rule is that a passport should be valid for at least six months at the time of travel.

“Considering that the machine-readable passports will cease to be a valid travel document with effect from September 1, 2019, any machine-readable passport is already outside the 6 months validity period,” Mr Kinyua said in the circular which re-emphasised an earlier one he wrote on September 26, 2018.

“To avoid inconveniences that may be occasioned on account of the limited validity period of the machine-readable passports and in observance of the above-mentioned circular, travel clearance should not be issued to officers who do not hold the e-passport.”

The order means that public servants who had planned to travel in the next few weeks could be forced to reschedule or abandon their travel unless they can acquire the e-passports quickly.

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The e-passports are designed to better protect national borders and identities of citizens. They have the latest security features and design techniques besides a new style polycarbonate bio-data page.

Kenya launched its e-passport programme in 2017, making it the first country in the East African Community (EAC) to do so.

This saw the country comply with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) global specifications and additional requirements set by EAC members.

E-passports have an embedded electronic chip in the passport booklet that stores the biographical information visible on page 2 of the document, as well as a digital security feature, according to ICAO.

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The digital security feature is a unique, country specific “digital signature” which can be verified using each nation’s respective certificate.

The government says the new passport is harder to duplicate and helps to counter threats from criminals such as terrorists and human traffickers.

The e-passport system was installed by British security printer De La Rue.

Mr Kinyua said that public servants are still making requests for visa facilitation using the machine-readable passports which are due to expire on August 31, 2019 in violation of the earlier circular.

“Please be advised that while passport requirements for entry and exit vary from country to country, the general rule is that a passport should have at least six (6) months validity when travelling internationally,” he said.

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“Therefore, most countries will not issue a visa or permit a traveller to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final date of travel.”

He added that civil servants should make arrangements to apply for the new e-passports, noting that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not facilitate visa issuance for holders of the machine-readable passports.

Officials copied in the circular were asked to inform their staff of the passport rules. They include cabinet secretaries, county governors, principal secretaries, commissioners and holders of constitutional offices.

-nation.co.ke

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