Kenya: Journalists Locked Out of Kenyatta, May Event After Cock-Up By Organizers

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President Uhuru Kenyatta during a State Banquet he and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta hosted in honour of the visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May.

A good number of local and international journalists were locked out of State House on Thursday following a mix up of names sent to cover the visit by UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

The organizers had used the names of journalists sent to cover the event during the honour of the women trailblazers and launch of Pheobe Asiyo's memoir It is Possible: An African Woman Speaks.

For more than an hour, the scribes haggled with the no-nonsense security officers outside State House as their names were missing on the list of those accredited to cover the event.

Dozens of journalists denied access to @StateHouseKenya including reporters from the largest media house in east and central Africa @dailynation so who is the news intended for? @10DowningStreet pic.twitter.com/SUmeW9jvmW

-- Robert Nagila (@Rnagila) August 30, 2018

Those who were affected were two reporters and a photographer from Daily Nation, a photographer from Standard, and journalists from CGTN and SABC among others.

Calls to State House spokesperson Kanze Dena did not bear any fruits.

The journalists were allowed after more than an hour of back and forth, while some gave up and left.

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