Sunday, May 9, 2021

Kenyan President cancels planned state visit

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta who was scheduled to visit Botswana on a state visit had to abort the visit on the eleventh hour under mysterious circumstances.

However Botswana is optimistic that the state visit will be rescheduled.

Information reaching The Telegraph suggests that preparations that were made for the state visit of the Kenyan president Kenyatta had to be cancelled on the eleventh hour under mysterious circumstances.

Although it is not yet clear what could have led Kenyatta cancelling the visit on the last hour, suspicion is in relation to terrorism acts in his country which has seen Al-shabab militants from Somalia killing Kenyan nationals. 

Botswana’s Foreign Affairs and International Corporation spokesperson Clifford Maribe said sometime back Botswana government extended its gesture to invite the Kenyan president Kenyatta on a state visit in order to strengthen bilateral relations between the two states that have been in existence for sometime and the Kenyan government accepted the invitation.

He explained that the presidential flight of President Kenyatta was expected to touch down at the Sir Seretse Khama International airport on the 2nd of June on a state visit.

 He stated that due to unanticipated circumstances, the state visit had to be postponed till further notice.   
“I wouldn’t be in a better position to discuss those unanticipated circumstances that might have led to the postponement of the state visit,” he said.

He added that the visit will be rescheduled but not certain when. He stated that both countries have cordial relations.

Some Batswana study in Kenya and vice versa.

Joan Muema of Kenya High Commission in Gaborone confirmed the state visit as well as the postponement.
She said it was a state visit at the Invitation of President Ian Khama. She denied reports suggesting that the visit was postponed due to terrorism attacks that had caused chaos in Kenya.

“There have been various state visits between the two countries, President Kenyatta was here in November, 2013.┬á Prior to that, former President Daniel T. Arap Moi made two State Visits to Botswana and they have also been visits by Botswana President H.E. Ian Khama and Botswana former Presidents, Festus Mogae and Sir Ketumile Masire,” ┬áshe said.

She indicated that the bilateral relations between Kenya-Botswana are warm and characterized by constant exchanges and the visit will further cement our relations even though the visit was postponed.

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