Things stay the same: Government Caught Soliciting Countries for congratulatory messages

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Things stay the same: Government Caught Soliciting Countries for congratulatory messages

Unread post by Forwardoh » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:24 am

The Financial Times, in a report on Tuesday afternoon, also quoted an e-mail allegedly sent by Kenyan ambassador to Brussels Johnson Weru that suggested he was pushing other nations to congratulate President Kenyatta after securing a second term following a disputed repeat election after his August 8 win was annulled by the Supreme Court in a petition filed by his main challenger Raila Odinga.

“Following the Supreme Court of Kenya ruling early today and which has upheld the victory of President Kenyatta, I am kindly requesting your indulgence in preparing and dispatching a suitable congratulations message. I am at hand for any quick consultations,” the Financial Times quoted Ambassador Weru as saying in the e-mail sent to senior foreign ministry officials.

read more at: http://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/U ... index.html

https://www.kenyans.co.ke/news/24873-go ... uhurus-win
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Re: Back with more of the same: Government Caught Soliciting Countries for congratulatory messages

Unread post by Forwardoh » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:33 am

The verbatim Financial Timers story. Requires subscription

https://amp.ft.com/content/89bf6606-ce8 ... 4ce08b24dc
Boris Johnson’s endorsement adds to Kenya election controversy UK foreign secretary is first international official to congratulate Kenyatta on his re-election

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, has stirred controversy after he appeared to be the first senior foreign official to congratulate Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta after the confirmation of his controversial re-election.

The Kenyan government swiftly announced Mr Johnson’s apparent endorsement, which broke ranks with other western countries that harbour concerns about the manner of Mr Kenyatta’s victory.

Mr Johnson is already under fire for a number of loose-lipped comments about British foreign policy. He inaccurately said this month that a British-Iranian woman, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, was “teaching people journalism” when she was detained in Iran last year. The British government, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family, and her employer all say she was on holiday.

In October Mr Johnson caused offence at the Conservative party conference, when he said that the Libyan city of Sirte only needed to “clear the dead bodies away” to become the next Dubai.

His comments regarding Kenya came to light on Monday, hours after Kenya’s Supreme Court dismissed legal challenges to Mr Kenyatta’s victory in the October 26 election.

The Kenyan government tweeted, “Britain Congratulates @PresidentKE @UKenyatta on his re-election through UK Foreign Secretary @BorisJohnson. CS @AMB_A_Mohammed confirms.” Amina Mohamed is the Kenyan foreign minister.

The British Foreign Office confirmed Mr Johnson had spoken to Ms Mohamed, and did not reject the Kenyan version of events. “We welcome Kenya’s Supreme Court decision . . . [and] we look forward to working with the new Kenyan government,” a spokeswoman said, adding that the recent violence was “unacceptable and regrettable”.

The only other nations to congratulate Mr Kenyatta on Monday following the court ruling were South Sudan, Bangladesh and Uganda, according to the government’s official Twitter feed. By Tuesday, Mr Kenyatta’s spokesman said that more than 40 countries had congratulated the president.

Some diplomats said their governments were holding off sending congratulations until Mr Kenyatta’s inauguration next week because there is concern about the behaviour of Mr Kenyatta, his campaign and some government officials during the election period. This was extended after the Supreme Court nullified the result of the August presidential election, citing “irregularities” and “illegalities” in the conduct of the poll and ordered a repeat vote.

After the first vote, legislators in Mr Kenyatta’s Jubilee party amended election laws which made nullification of the result harder, and pro-democracy civil society organisations were threatened with closure. Foreign diplomats accused both main electoral candidates of trying to interfere with the work of the electoral commission and judiciary. The government, Jubilee officials and the opposition have denied the accusations.

“He could have shown so much more leadership and been magnanimous but he wasn’t,” said one Nairobi-based diplomat, explaining why his capital had not congratulated Mr Kenyatta. “I’m certain in Jubilee there are many committed democrats but others often seemed to prevail.”

RecommendedFT View: Kenya lurches towards another political stand-offBrexit Britain’s slapdash approach to foreign policyKenyan opposition leader dismisses ‘sham’ election

There has been unrest in Kenya since the poll. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has rejected Mr Kenyatta’s victory as “illegitimate” and started a “national resistance movement” to force another election within six months. At least nine people were killed in demonstrations over the weekend and Kenyan police officers on Friday were filmed throwing rocks at a convoy of cars accompanying Mr Odinga from Nairobi’s international airport to the city centre. One tear gas canister hit Mr Odinga’s car windscreen.

Asked about the conversation with Mr Johnson, Ms Mohamed told the Financial Times: “We are grateful to our partners and friends who encouraged us along the way and congratulated us immediately the race was over.”

Speculation that Ms Mohammed had solicited congratulations from Mr Johnson was fuelled after diplomats from several countries said Nairobi had sought congratulations from their capitals.

Two sources confirmed that Johnson Weru, Kenya’s ambassador to Brussels, sent the following email to senior officials: “Following the Supreme Court of kenya ruling early today and which has upheld the victory of president Kenyatta, I am kindly requesting your indulgence in preparing and dispatching a suitable congratulations message. I am at hand for any quick consultations.”

Copyright The Financial Times Limited.


 
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Re: Back with more of the same: Government Caught Soliciting Countries for congratulatory messages

Unread post by mwalimu » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:35 am

Really?

Why beg?

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Re: Things stay the same: Government Caught Soliciting Countries for congratulatory messages

Unread post by Forwardoh » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:26 am

http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/econ ... 2-217veqz/
The Foreign Affairs ministry is seeking congratulatory messages from Western capitals after the Supreme Court upheld the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in last month’s repeat election, the Financial Times reported.

The publication revealed that diplomats from several countries said Nairobi had sought congratulations from their capitals.

It captured an e-mail from Johnson Weru, Kenya’s ambassador to Brussels and the European Union: “Following the Supreme Court of Kenya ruling early today and which has upheld the victory of President Kenyatta, I am kindly requesting your indulgence in preparing and dispatching a suitable congratulations message. I am at hand for any quick consultations.”

Normally, the messages are not prompted by the recipient country.

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Re: Things stay the same: Government Caught Soliciting Countries for congratulatory messages

Unread post by SaltyLight » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:32 am

Who cares? Ojinga is begging Catham house for recognition. BTW..are you still on nipate now that Jagoon is gone?

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Re: Things stay the same: Government Caught Soliciting Countries for congratulatory messages

Unread post by Forwardoh » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:08 am

https://twitter.com/AtitwaGmail/status/ ... 2091751424

Wanajipa shughuli. Apparently these people care.

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Re: Things stay the same: Government Caught Soliciting Countries for congratulatory messages

Unread post by AntiHubris » Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:47 pm

He he Foggy and the other nusa information warriors will spend the next 5 years delegitimizing jubilee. When they planted absurdties about babuu undressing congress recently, Foggy played along as if it was fact. Delusional Okoth Osewe goes further and claims Trump begged babuu to go and sign pacts :lol: :lol: :lol:

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article ... y-in-kenya
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:32 am
Who cares? Ojinga is begging Catham house for recognition. BTW..are you still on nipate now that Jagoon is gone?

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Re: Back with more of the same: Government Caught Soliciting Countries for congratulatory messages

Unread post by Robina » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:38 am

Forwardoh wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:33 am
The verbatim Financial Timers story. Requires subscription

https://amp.ft.com/content/89bf6606-ce8 ... 4ce08b24dc
Boris Johnson’s endorsement adds to Kenya election controversy UK foreign secretary is first international official to congratulate Kenyatta on his re-election

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, has stirred controversy after he appeared to be the first senior foreign official to congratulate Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta after the confirmation of his controversial re-election.

The Kenyan government swiftly announced Mr Johnson’s apparent endorsement, which broke ranks with other western countries that harbour concerns about the manner of Mr Kenyatta’s victory.

Mr Johnson is already under fire for a number of loose-lipped comments about British foreign policy. He inaccurately said this month that a British-Iranian woman, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, was “teaching people journalism” when she was detained in Iran last year. The British government, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family, and her employer all say she was on holiday.

In October Mr Johnson caused offence at the Conservative party conference, when he said that the Libyan city of Sirte only needed to “clear the dead bodies away” to become the next Dubai.

His comments regarding Kenya came to light on Monday, hours after Kenya’s Supreme Court dismissed legal challenges to Mr Kenyatta’s victory in the October 26 election.

The Kenyan government tweeted, “Britain Congratulates @PresidentKE @UKenyatta on his re-election through UK Foreign Secretary @BorisJohnson. CS @AMB_A_Mohammed confirms.” Amina Mohamed is the Kenyan foreign minister.

The British Foreign Office confirmed Mr Johnson had spoken to Ms Mohamed, and did not reject the Kenyan version of events. “We welcome Kenya’s Supreme Court decision . . . [and] we look forward to working with the new Kenyan government,” a spokeswoman said, adding that the recent violence was “unacceptable and regrettable”.

The only other nations to congratulate Mr Kenyatta on Monday following the court ruling were South Sudan, Bangladesh and Uganda, according to the government’s official Twitter feed. By Tuesday, Mr Kenyatta’s spokesman said that more than 40 countries had congratulated the president.

Some diplomats said their governments were holding off sending congratulations until Mr Kenyatta’s inauguration next week because there is concern about the behaviour of Mr Kenyatta, his campaign and some government officials during the election period. This was extended after the Supreme Court nullified the result of the August presidential election, citing “irregularities” and “illegalities” in the conduct of the poll and ordered a repeat vote.

After the first vote, legislators in Mr Kenyatta’s Jubilee party amended election laws which made nullification of the result harder, and pro-democracy civil society organisations were threatened with closure. Foreign diplomats accused both main electoral candidates of trying to interfere with the work of the electoral commission and judiciary. The government, Jubilee officials and the opposition have denied the accusations.

“He could have shown so much more leadership and been magnanimous but he wasn’t,” said one Nairobi-based diplomat, explaining why his capital had not congratulated Mr Kenyatta. “I’m certain in Jubilee there are many committed democrats but others often seemed to prevail.”

RecommendedFT View: Kenya lurches towards another political stand-offBrexit Britain’s slapdash approach to foreign policyKenyan opposition leader dismisses ‘sham’ election

There has been unrest in Kenya since the poll. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has rejected Mr Kenyatta’s victory as “illegitimate” and started a “national resistance movement” to force another election within six months. At least nine people were killed in demonstrations over the weekend and Kenyan police officers on Friday were filmed throwing rocks at a convoy of cars accompanying Mr Odinga from Nairobi’s international airport to the city centre. One tear gas canister hit Mr Odinga’s car windscreen.

Asked about the conversation with Mr Johnson, Ms Mohamed told the Financial Times: “We are grateful to our partners and friends who encouraged us along the way and congratulated us immediately the race was over.”

Speculation that Ms Mohammed had solicited congratulations from Mr Johnson was fuelled after diplomats from several countries said Nairobi had sought congratulations from their capitals.

Two sources confirmed that Johnson Weru, Kenya’s ambassador to Brussels, sent the following email to senior officials: “Following the Supreme Court of kenya ruling early today and which has upheld the victory of president Kenyatta, I am kindly requesting your indulgence in preparing and dispatching a suitable congratulations message. I am at hand for any quick consultations.”

Copyright The Financial Times Limited.


 
Hahaha, the BoJo is another bombastic and a blurber like Trump. He's known to mouth off incendiaries. In June last year, after his Brexit side prevailed forcing out David Cameron, BoJo was overheard saying of the PM that "Dave's better days are now behind him." :D

Take it with a pinch of salt - he's actually quite brilliant. A conservative serving two terms as London Mayor sio mchezo.

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Re: Things stay the same: Government Caught Soliciting Countries for congratulatory messages

Unread post by Robina » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:41 am

The BoJo is the sole UK politician to serve as MP, Minister (without portfolio) and London Mayor simultaneously.

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