#SomeonetellCNN: Kenyans roast CNN on social media over terror reference
23 July 2015, 13:51
Nairobi - Kenyans have reacted with anger at a report by global news network CNN terming Kenya a terror hotbed ahead of President Barrack Obama's visit to the country.
Kenyans took to Twitter using the hashtag #someonetellCNN to complain about the treatment the country has been given by the broadcaster over Obama's visit to the country.
The broadcaster, in several bulletins described Kenya as 'one of the most dangerous countries in the world' and in another, described the country as a 'terror hotbed'.
Kenyans did not take too kindly to the suggestions, which were borne out of what CNN described as the leakage of President Obama's itinerary to the media days before his arrival.
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During Erin Burnett UPFRONT’s, stand-in host Kate Bolduan introduced Obama's trip to Kenya using the phrase ".....and now security concerns for President Obama on the eve of his trip to one of the most dangerous countries in the world."
It also came a few hours after the White House said that there were no security concerns despite the leak to the media of the time of Obama's arrival into the country by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority KCAA.
Obama is set to arrive in Kenya Friday to open the Global Entrepreneurship Summit GES 2015.
Here are some comments from Kenyans on the hashtag.
@ronaldokoth : #SomeonetellCNN our kids go to school here in Africa without getting shot by their classmates.
@mutahiNgunyi: #SomeonetellCNN there are more investment opportunities in Nairobi than gunshots in Detroit.
@cypriannyakundi : #SomeonetellCNN When Obama is Going to Kenya : Obama visiting a " Terror Hotbed ". When Obama is going to Syria : Obama Visiting " Syria ".
@hannibal: #SomeonetellCNN We agree we are prone to attacks, we have our flaws but we are not going to let someone wipe the floor with our land.
@OliverCheruiyot: #SomeonetellCNN We are a Tourism hot bed. We don't brag about it by the way.
@rickshakur: " #SomeoneTellCNN that KDF is winning the war against Al Shabaab where US army failed years ago!!
@paulinemasese: #SomeonetellCNN Rather ask CNN if they confirmed with Aljazeera or @least the state broadcaster.
@mutole: #SomeoneTellCNN that Alshabab is a small boy business here, political finance is the catch there and govt is the supreme liar where. Well. This this is not the first time for the broadcaster to refer to Kenya as a ‘hotbed of terror’.
@makondingo: #SomeonetellCNN as a black man, Obama is statistically more likely to be shot at in the US than in Kenya.
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