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Fox News presenter, Emily Compagno, has come under fire from Kenyans following her sentiments on the late-night show, that painted Kenya and its women negatively.
Compagno, a co-host of Outnumbered, insinuated that pregnant women in Kenya have limited rights to vote.
The Fox News presenter made the claims while comparing US voting rights to those of other countries during the Gutfeld show.
"What about in Kenya, where pregnant women can't leave the house so they absolutely have no right to vote," Compagno remarked.File photo of Emily Compagno Fox News PresenterFile
Compagno, who previously served as a federal managing attorney and Acting Director at the Social Security Administration, one of the top-ten largest US agencies, faced the wrath of Kenyans who called her out for misrepresenting facts and misleading the world.
Pauline Njoroge, a communications strategist, first shared the video on her social media platforms correcting Compagno. She demanded that the Fox News presenter withdraws her sentiments.
"What is this? What is Emily Compagno saying? That in Kenya pregnant women can’t leave the house so they have no right to vote? What does she imagine our country is like? That statement is incorrect, misleading, condescending, and should be withdrawn," Njoroge demanded.
According to another social media user, Georges Brague, most international media houses get away with such comments because Kenyans do not hold them accountable.
"It happens all the time when guys throw 'facts' but you are quiet coz you don't have enough facts to disapprove and so they get away with it. Mostly in figures and matters to do with the economy," Brague argued.
Other Kenyans asked the American presenter to make a formal apology and withdraw her words on Kenyan pregnant women.
According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), pregnant women, the disabled, and the elderly are given special consideration during the voting process.
IEBC - which is led by Wafula Chebukati - accords them a right to vote without queuing like the rest of Kenyans.
The Commission also promised to procure polling booths which can be accessed by persons who are physically challenged to ensure secrecy of their vote and convenience during the marking of ballot papers.
Chebukati explained that Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), just like any other citizens, have the right, without unreasonable restrictions, to be registered as voters; vote by secret ballot in elections, and be elected to the public or political party office.
However, this is not the first time international media publications have been corrected on their statement regarding Kenya. CNN was forced to send a senior executive to Nairobi to apologise for calling the country a hotbed of terror ahead of former US President Barrack Obama's visit.
Many Kenyans were outraged by the report, which suggested Obama was likely to be attacked during his historic visit to his father’s land.File photo of CNN when they described Kenya as a hotbed of terrorFilefire
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