American news network, CNN’s Global Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Tony Maddox, paid a visit to Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, at State House Nairobi.
Tony personally delivered an apology on behalf of CNN International and expressed deep regret after portraying Kenya as a ‘hotbed of terror’ ahead of a visit to Nairobi by President Barack Obama last month.
He admitted that the description of Kenya as a “hotbed of terror” was both ill-fitting and undeserved.
Kenyans took to social media their discontent with CNN’s coverage with the hash tag #SomeoneTellCNN
President Kenyatta said on his official Facebook page: “I expressed my deep disappointment at the story not only on behalf of the government, but also because it angered the people of Kenya.”
“I reiterated that the war on terror was a global threat, not exclusive to Kenya, and that Kenya’s troops and her people have made great sacrifices and still do, to keep Kenya and the region safe.”
He said in one stroke, CNN’s description of Kenya as a ‘hotbed of terror’ undermined the sacrifices made by Kenyan troops, and the value of hundreds of lives lost, and relegated them to nothing.
“That’s why Kenyans, as expressed by those on Twitter, were so angry. Kenya is nothing like the countries that have real war.”
Kenyatta said there was no reason to portray Kenya in that way.