I don’t travel for leisure, Uhuru says with Europe trip on the cards

March 24, 2016 7:39 pm
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In France, President Kenyatta will hold bi-lateral talks with French President Francois Hollande on Security and trade; France, like Kenya in the past, having recently been rocked by a terrorist attack that left 128 dead in co-ordinated attacks/FILE
In France, President Kenyatta will hold bi-lateral talks with French President Francois Hollande on Security and trade; France, like Kenya in the past, having recently been rocked by a terrorist attack that left 128 dead in co-ordinated attacks/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – President Uhuru Kenyatta will be in France between April 4 and 6 and then spend an additional two days in Germany just a day after Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed felt the need to defend his foreign trips.

Announcing the planned trips on Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Spokesman Manoah Esipisu went out of his way to defend what some have argued are too high a number of trips abroad.

“Do your homework. Compare the number of trips our President takes with those taken by leaders of other economic powerhouses,” he urged. “Each one of them is tactical. The President’s travels are business, not pleasure.”

In France, President Kenyatta will hold bi-lateral talks with French President Francois Hollande on Security and trade; France, like Kenya in the past, having recently been rocked by a terrorist attack that left 128 dead in co-ordinated attacks.

READ: Uhuru says Kenya stands with Paris in extremism war

In defence of the President’s visit to Germany, Esipisu explained that Germany is one of Kenya’s biggest tourist source markets, second only to the United Kingdom, and a valued trading partner.

“Last year, German Airline Lufthansa resumed direct passenger flights to Kenya after a 16 year hiatus,” he said.

It’s also expected that the two leaders will discuss the question of immigration with Europe having been bombarded by a flood of refugees coming from war-torn Syria.

Kenya which borders Somalia and South Sudan has had its fair share of experience with refugees.

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