‘Hands off our President’ – Angry Kenyans tell Britain

By Henry D Gombya

At home with his own. President Kenyatta and his wife Margaret are all smiles as he meets Kenyans in the Diaspora during his visit to London Tuesday. (Photo by Samrack Samrack)

Kenyans have reacted angrily over yesterday’s leading story in which we showed how the British government had treated their leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta when he appeared in England for the first time as president to attend the Somalia Conference.

Thousands of angry readers bombarded us with comments ranging from ones that told Britain in no uncertain terms that the days of colonialism were over and that Kenya was now her own master, to those that were hostile to this writer for daring to show what other newspapers, both here in London and in Nairobi failed to notice. Others had the propensity to even call us names.

At issue was the failure of British Prime Minister David Cameron to appear anywhere in a photograph with President Kenyatta and leaving his Foreign Minister, William Hague, to hold talks with the Kenyan leader while Mr Cameron was busy chaperoning Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. While some readers insisted that there had indeed been a photo-shoot involving both leaders, we are yet to find evidence to contradict our belief that the British government went out of its way to ensure no such photo opportunity was available.

In our article, we made issue of the fact that for a man who has won a rare free and fair election in Africa, President Kenyatta, as leader also of a country that has hugely contributed to the prevailing ‘peace’ in Somalia, should have been welcomed by the leader of the British government, a country that had joined the United States in abandoning Somalia to the Islamic jihadists. We also argued that both the Kenyan and Ugandan leaders should have been showered with praise for their courage to face Al Shabaab.

5 thoughts on “‘Hands off our President’ – Angry Kenyans tell Britain

  • May 9, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Why would u bother reporting about photographs? How will photographs bring peace to somalia? Is this a wedding? You are a cheap journalist who is wasting our time on non-issues instead of reporting on issues that matter on the ground. Photo or no photo, Somalis are dying and obviously, a photo of a Kenyan President with a British Prime Minister is more useless and irrelevant than a piece of waste paper that is been used in Somalia for something beneficial

  • May 9, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I am a Kenyan and I do agree with the writers’ comments and the obvious facts of the story that was published yesterday and today.
    Most of the reactions to the article were overly sensitive, defensive, knee-jerk reactions without taking the time to acknowledge the gist of the article.
    While all readers to articles are entitled to their own opinion, it is always sad to see misplaced anger and wrong reactions without taking time to reflect.

  • May 9, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Uhuru Kenyatta is our president for the next five years. We are proud of him and he will take us places. His treatment is proof that the west has finally been left behind.

    • May 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

      The fact is that many Kenyans were not proud of him last time around and that presently, the majority of Kenyans want the violence of the last elections accounted for.

      Uhuru Kenyatta is part of this all the time he is indicted by the ICC. Whether you like it or not, he will remain part of this process despite the fact that he is your president.

      There will be no “hands off” i.e Uhuru will be fair game until such time a he is vindicated by the ICC. That’s politics I am afraid and vocal bleatings of colonial input will be to no avail.

  • May 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    here in uganda we are sick and tired of yoweri


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