Addressing over a million netizens (going by the ‘likes’ on his Facebook page) President Uhuru Kenyatta (or his press team) finally used the ‘red line’ words on his wall: democracy and human rights.
It reads like apocalypse:
I would like to commend the United States PresidentÂ Barack ObamaÂ for the initiative to host African leaders to a summit aimed at fostering stronger business ties. The negative side of Africaâ€™s story has been given prominence for far too long. This summit gave us an opportunity to profile the positive side. Kenya has not turned its back on the US and other western countries contrary to rumours around the international arena. Like many other countries of the world, Kenya is taking advantage of business opportunities in the East and has at no time made a decision to turn away from its traditional allies. Our economy is getting more sophisticated and this maturity is naturally driving the country to extend itself globally including exploring opportunities in the East to complement its existing partnerships. Kenyaâ€™s bonds with the US are born of shared values and would not be broken easily. These values impelled our independence movements to partner with the United States to secure the ideal of freedom from colonialism, racism, exploitation and exclusion, and to pursue the principles of democracy, human rights and free enterprise.
More invitations are in order!