Kenyan journalists have complained of being racially mistreated and segregated during King Charles III's four-day visit to the country.
Led by Mwangi Maina who writes for the Africa report, the journalists complained that the whole trip was filled with racial undertones.
Mwangi stated that the segregation started from transportation to being fed leftovers and stale sandwiches.
“Journalists have complained of being segregated from their British counterparts during pool transportation and not receiving proper meals, despite Kenyan taxpayers partly funding this high-level visit,” Mwangi stated.
Discrimination started on the eve of the King’s visit when UK-based journalists were allocated two buses while Kenyan journalists were bundled into one bus.
During the visit, Kenyan journalists reportedly went without breakfast, water and lunch while journalists from the UK were given packed food.
“The Britons received preferential treatment during meal time, despite the Kenyan and UK state teams agreeing on the distribution of food equally,” Mwangi complained.
It was reported that the United Kingdom embassy in Kenya was in charge of distribution of the packed food.
In further evidence of racial discrimination, on the few times, the Kenyan journalists received food, it was leftovers after their UK counterparts had their fill.
At one point, it was reported that a Kenyan journalist was given stale sandwiches, unwrapped cupcake papers and used toothpicks.
Kenyans.co.ke spoke to a journalist working for an international media house who covered the event.
“This part is actually very hard to confirm,” he stated on the issue of being denied food and racism claims.
In particular, he told Kenyans.co.ke that he had spoken to the local journalist alleged to have been given the stale sandwiches but he had said nothing on the matter.
Reaching out to journalists drawn from Kenyan media houses, they admitted to Kenyans.co.ke that they felt discriminated against throughout the event.
The Royal Family has been accused over a dozen times of racism in the recent past.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle in March 2021 accused the royal family of condoning tabloids’ racist treatment of Meghan.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple further stated that unnamed royals had conversations about how dark their son’s skin tone would be before his birth.
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