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#BREAKING: African envoys urge UK government to abide by court ruling; warn that the UK could be suspended from the Commonwealth should the government continue to subvert democracy. #Brexit
#BREAKING: Kenya government urges calm following #SupremeCourtJudgement, calls on UK politicians to avoid irresponsible utterances that may spark ethnic violence particularly in North Ireland, a historic flashpoint for secessionist violence. #Brexit
#BREAKING: President Uhuru Kenyatta praises Boris Johnson for "statesmanship" in accepting #SupremeCourtJudgement, urges UK politicians to come together to heal their country. Foreign Minister Monica Juma heads to the region to mediate as Kenya warns of visa bans for "spoilers".
#BREAKING: En route to the region, Kenyan Foreign Minister, Monica Juma, says UK has a chance to get back on "the path to democracy" following #SupremeCourtJudgement. Kenya offers to send "referendum experts" to give British MPs "the benefit of our experience". #Brexit
#BREAKING: Kenyan FM Monica Juma stresses the need to "preserve stability on the geopolitically strategic island" of UK. Warns of danger of extremists taking advantage of the #Brexit political crisis. "We are working with partners in the region to create awareness of the threat".
#BREAKING: En route to UK on mediation mission, Kenyan FM, Monica Juma, says it is up to countries in the region to come together and find a solution to #Brexit. "We cannot impose solutions from outside. Our primary concern is the UK not become a base for radical extremism".
#BREAKING: First African journalist to reach the reclusive United Kingdom reports rising tension, isolated pockets of potentially violent demonstrations and empty shelves. Also gets to sample the local cuisine and hear heartwarming stories of hope. #Brexit
#BREAKING: Kenyan FM, Monica Juma, to hold talks with aging, traditionally revered UK monarch misled into closing Parliament. Likely to stress historic ties between the two countries, need to abide by the #SupremeCourtRuling and to urge the speedy recall of MPs.
#BREAKING: Highly placed sources say Monica Juma's trump card is an invitation to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to come to State House Nairobi for a photo op with President Uhuru Kenyatta if mediation talks are successful. #Brexit
#BREAKING: In related news, President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned US President Donald Trump against interfering with an impeachment inquiry launched by the US House of Representatives. A statement from State House said any such moves would harm relations between the two countries.
#BREAKING: Kenya calls emergency meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council to discuss political instability in the two nuclear armed states, US and UK. Sees urgent need to secure nuclear stockpiles and to ensure weapons don't fall into the hands of terrorists.
#BREAKING: UK strongman Boris Johnson returns home from #UNGA after courts reject attempt to shut down Parliament. Johnson took power in July after deposing his democratically elected predecessor and has promised to hold elections but the opposition is suspicious of his motives.
#BREAKING AU envoy and Kenyan FM, Monica Juma, arrives in London amid rising tensions. Proposes urgent talks between government and opposition to develop power-sharing formula for Government of National Unity and a roadmap to free and fair elections "for the sake of stability".
#BREAKING Juma: "Parliament must resume sitting immediately... The fate of displaced European and UK citizens in the region is also a priority... I urge Prime Minister Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn to set aside selfish ambition and to come together to avoid bloodshed and suffering".
#BREAKING Juma: "We must by all means avoid a refugee crisis in the UK which could spill over into the rest of the continent and into Africa. We already host many Europeans and though happy to help, we cannot take everybody. UK political leaders must do what is right." #Brexit
#BREAKING AU envoy Juma says London must allay fears of traditionally marginalized tribal districts of Scotland and Northern Ireland. "While Africa supports the principle of self-determination, talk of secession is premature and could set a bad precedent," she said, urging calm.
#BREAKING AU envoy Juma meeting with nonagenarian British monarch to discuss #Brexit tensions. Analysts accuse the Royal Family of grabbing massive tracts of land and using it to reward loyalty, creating a hugely unequal society where just 1% of the population own half the land.
#BREAKING UK's Parliament resumes but continues to be deadlocked. International relief agencies warn that supplies are running low as citizens stockpile essentials such as food and medicines. The AU has promised humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the less fortunate.
#BREAKING Collapse of travel firm, Thomas Cook, signals mounting woes for the British economy. IMF and World Bank considering extending emergency lines of credit to keep the UK economy afloat in the event of a no-deal #Brexit but insisting on painful economic reforms.
#BREAKING AU criticizes UK government's handling of the economy, raising a red flag over the emergence of a US-style culture of corruption. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has offered to send anti-corruption experts to assist with necessary reforms and prosecutions.
#BREAKING President Kenyatta: "The UK needs lifestyle audits. Look at how the Royal Family operates. It is not sustainable to have a small elite living large and travelling around the world at taxpayer expense, while the majority of their citizens barely scrape through". #Brexit
#BREAKING: AU mediator, Monica Juma, proposes "small" unit of African troops to secure UK nuclear weapons sites after PM Boris Johnson and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn fail to agree on way forward. Deepening divisions evident as insults are traded in Parliament. #Brexit
#BREAKING Violent scenes are narrowly avoided as police confront small groups of rowdy protesters outside the Palace of Westminster, a private residence where the reigning monarch, who owns many of the buildings in the capital city, has long permitted Parliament to sit. #Brexit
#BREAKING The AU is again urging calm in the UK following yesterday's acrimonious sitting of the country's Parliament. African leaders expressed dismay at the divisive tone of the proceedings, saying that did not serve the interests of the long-suffering British people. #Brexit
#BREAKING Following a 2016 referendum over membership of a regional economic block, political instability has rocked the strategic island nation of 70 million, sharpening ethnic divisions and threatening trade along the Straits of Dover, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.
#BREAKING The UK, like other island economies, is a global hub for tax evasion and money laundering, and has seen the value of its currency drop by 20% since the #Brexit referendum, sparking African fears of waves of economic migrants. Already 10% of Britons live outside the UK.
#BREAKING At 93, Queen Elizabeth II has reigned over the country for nearly 7 decades and has created an elaborate cult of personality. Few Britons have known another head of state and she is present everywhere, from currency notes to the national anthem, "God Save the Queen".
#BREAKING The Queen has been mentoring her son to succeed her and her age has become an issue after she was misled into illegally proroguing Parliament by the Prime Minister. A small group of pro-democracy activists is now demanding equality and the the abolition of the monarchy.
#BREAKING Analysts warn AU envoy, Monica Juma, to avoid association with an anti-monarchy agenda during UK mediation talks. Sources say the AU's strident talk of democracy and equality may be playing into the hands of hardliners and exacerbating the crisis. #Brexit
#BREAKING For an on-the-ground perspective of how local people on the crisis-torn island are coping, please check out #BrexitExpert @kenyanpundit, the only African journalist to have reached the UK's interior, braving the weather to bring their heart-wrenching story to the world.
@kenyanpundit #BREAKING Sources close to AU mediator, Monica Juma, who met with Queen Elizabeth II yesterday, say the aging ruler has requested safe passage for herself and her family to an African country should negotiations over #Brexit fail. Her grandson, Henry, is already on the continent.
@kenyanpundit #BREAKING Sources with knowledge of the negotiations say AU #Brexit mediator, Monica Juma, has privately blamed the deadlock on poor command of English in a nation where "everything's either a 'dog's bollocks' or a 'dog's dinner' and apparently one is preferable to the other".
@kenyanpundit #BREAKING AU #Brexit mediator blames "poor grasp of English" for situation where PM Boris Johnson wants an election but doesn't want to resign and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn wants him to resign but doesn't want an election. She is considering hiring a team of interpreters.
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