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Newly elected government faces fierce backlash as outraged citizens accuse their leaders of flying to Kenya regularly to hold expensive meetings in luxurious hotels

by Joshua Wanga
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While the Kenyan electorate has for long accused its elected leaders of always flying out to expensive Western capitals and towns such as Dubai to benchmark on local problems while in foreign lands, the same seems to be happening elsewhere and the Kenyan capital Nairobi is receiving all the blame of draining their hard-earned tax money.

A high-level meeting held by a section of Somalia’s government officials in Nairobi who were elected just a couple of months ago sparked debate on various social media platforms.
According to a statement shared by Somali National News Agency, the meeting was between leaders from the Federal Government of Somalia and state-level Information Ministries.

The exclusive forum was held in the country whose agenda was to deliberate on ways of revitalising government-owned media stations in Somalia.
“A meeting between Federal and State Level Information Ministries kicked off in Nairobi Kenya with the agenda of improving the state media,” Somalia National News Agency reported.

The high-level governance meeting between the government and Somalia ministries drew mixed reactions from a section of social media users.
Somalia government officials were castigated for failing to indicate whether the meeting was for bench-marking to justify their travel to Kenya.
“Indeed embarrassing. Why would government officials travel to another country to have a governance discussion among themselves? Why do Somalis have so much pride in being in another country, not theirs? This is surely a curse,” Ibrahim wrote on Twitter.

Another social media user added that Somali government officials were accustomed to holding meetings in Kenya, thus promoting the country’s hospitality sector. He slammed the officials for misusing taxpayers’ money.
“It’s clear that Somali government is customer in Kenya. Even top level security meeting between the government officials will be conducted in Kenya,” Mohamed Abdiwell wrote.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud also sparked debate following a series of his trips to the country. In July, Hassan visited Kenya on invitation from former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
On September 14, he also held a closed-door meeting with President William Ruto, which saw the two countries renew the miraa business deal.

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