Kenya interior CS, Joseph Nkaissery, says if the American news network, CNN, is civilized enough, it will issue a full apology to Kenyans.
Nkaissery was praising Kenyans on Twitter for treating CNN’s “hotbed of terrorism” reference with the “contempt it deserves”.
“President Barack Obama is not just heading to his father’s homeland, but to a hotbed of terror,” the CNN report read, raising concerns about al-Qaeda affiliated terror group al-Shabaab.
CNN changed the headline from ‘Obama’s trip to a ‘terror hotbed’ to ‘Obama’s trip raises security concerns’ as the #SomeoneTellCNN debated raged on Twitter.
“The headline and lead of this article has been recast to indicate the terror threat is a regional one,” read an editor’s note.
Nkaissery said; “2013 was the most peaceful election year in Kenya, contrary to what CNN reported. These reports are untrue and a reflection of irresponsible journalism.”
Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, he said Kenya is not a war zone despite its proximity to Somalia.
The country will continue to rely on inter-agency coordination to fight terrorism and secure the region, he said.
He added that the reopening of Westgate Mall, following a September 2013 al Shabaab attack, showed that Kenya will not be cowed by terrorism.
“The fact that the President of the most powerful nation is coming to Kenya is a show of victory against terror,” he said.
“Our prosperity depends on a peaceful neighbourhood. We are known to host the largest refugee camp.”
Nkaissery said the government will ensure security is handled smoothly during Obama’s three-day visit.