Mac Manu refused entry into Kenya

Mr. Peter Mac Manu, Campaign Manager of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 2016 general election, who was leading a team of Democratic Union of Africa (DUA) International Observers to Kenya’s general elections, has been denied entry into that country.

Mr. Mac Manu, who has since returned to Ghana, was among a number of foreigners deported on arrival in the East African country, which is holding a keenly contested general election this week.

His deportation is said to be linked to his role as an Honorary Chairman of the Democratic Union of Africa, an umbrella body of centre and centre- right parties in Africa which includes some opposition parties in Kenya.

James Orengo, Chief Agent of Kenyan’s National Super Alliance (NASA), a coalition of opposition parties, was quoted in reports as describing the deportations as part of an agenda for the Kenya government to get rid of foreign compatriots who can help the opposition to win power.

Mr. Orengo named other two foreign compatriots, John Aristotle Phillips, an American, and Andreas Katsouris, a Canadian, as those among the deportees.

Phillips is the chief executive officer of Aristotle Inc, a Washington-based data mining firm and political consultancy, while Katsouris is a senior vice president in the company.

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