Thursday, 8 August 2013
STATE HOUSE TURNS PRESIDENT OBAMA PHONE CALL TO KENYA ON BURNT DOWN AIRPORT, into a PR tool.
KENYAN government has turned into a Public Relations (PR) tool the offer by US President Obama to support in rebuilding Jomo Kenyatta International Airport devastated by a mysterious fire early yesterday.
Nairobi is in a strained diplomatic relationship with the Washington DC which led other Western nations in publicly warning against voting President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy who are both facing charges of crime against humanity at The Hague.
The diplomatic row widened when President Obama in his second tour to Africa intentionally skipped Kenya, his fatherland but instead toured the neighbouring Tanzania and other African countries perceived to be conducting their affairs to the standard of the West.
However the unexpected call from the White House to President Kenyatta informing him of the US concerns over the fire incident at the country’s main Airport caused excitements within State house which immediately its relevant communication units to transmit the same to the world.
Critics have however moved quickly to point out that the government is maximizing on the development to patch up its 'tattered' image as mirrored in the West.
Head of Communications from Raila Odinga’s CORD coalition Mr. Phillip Etalle has questioned on his social media accounts the motive behind State house out-blowing the ''phone call issue yet there are many such calls made by Obama across the world but which have remained unnoticed'.