Report on Uhuru plane mishap due in Senate

May 12, 2015 6:11 am
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This is after Senators demanded details into the unprecedented cancellation of President Kenyatta's trip to the United States/FILE
This is after Senators demanded details into the unprecedented cancellation of President Kenyatta’s trip to the United States/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 12 – A report on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s aborted trip to the United States is due to be submitted before the Senate on Tuesday.

This is after Senators demanded details into the unprecedented cancellation of President Kenyatta’s trip to the United States.

Nyandarua County Senator Karue Muriuki, Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula and Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale requested a comprehensive statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry indicating the possible opportunities the country may have lost following the cancellation and also if disciplinary action had been taken on officers who caused the cancellation.

Wetang’ula, who has served as a former Foreign Affairs Minister, said blunder was unacceptable noting that a presidential flight is not an ordinary one as it requires high-level coordination.

The Senate Committee on National Security and Foreign Relations chaired by Garissa County Senator Yusuf Haji was tasked to look into whether the President’s safety was compromised when the plane was forced to return to Kenya before reaching Dubai.

The House will also be informed of the actions taken to ensure the people on board were safe and the disciplinary measures taken against officers who failed to apply measures to avoid such an experience.

This comes as a section of the media is quoted Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary confirming that the government had written a protest note to the Ethiopian government claiming the President had been greatly embarrassed after his official jet was requested to re-route following heightened civil war activity in Yemen.

The President’s plane was last month re-routed back to Nairobi on over security fears in Yemen.

The plane had been scheduled to fly over the Yemen airspace en-route to Dubai where the President was scheduled to take an Emirates commercial flight to the United States.

“Following reports of increased military activity in Yemen, there was a challenge on the routing leading to a decision to turn back,” said State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu.

Esipisu later confirmed the cancellation of the trip.

The US trip was aimed to market Kenya as an attractive foreign investment destination at the Milken Institute Global Conference which takes place from April 26th to 30th in Los Angeles, California.

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