السبت , يونيو 13 2020

Kenya demands CNN apology over slur

A man takes a photo with his smartphone of painted artwork depicting US President Barack Obama (L) and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta on July 23, 2015 at the Pre-Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, on the eve of Obamas visit to Kenya

Barack Obama is visiting Kenya for the first time as president

Kenya’s interior minister has called on US news channel CNN to apologise for calling East Africa a “hotbed of terror” ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit on Friday.

It would make an apology “if it was civilised enough”, John Nkaissery said at a news conference.

The hashtag #SomeoneTellCNN is trending worldwide as Kenyans condemned CNN, which has not yet commented.

Its report focused on the threat posed by the al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab group.

Mr Obama was “not just heading to his father’s homeland, but to a region that’s a hotbed of terror”, said the CNN report.

With its headquarters in neighbouring Somalia, al-Shabab has carried out a spate of attacks in Kenya.

In the worst atrocity, nearly 150 people were killed when it carried out a day-long assault on Garissa University College in April.

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