President Uhuru Kenyatta left Kenya on April 1. By April 3, he was back in the country, having passed by Rwanda to say ‘hi’ to Paul Kagame on April 3. Now, that’s a record!
When he left, President Uhuru indicated he would be representing Kenya and the East Africa Community as the region’s current chairman.
“Last evening I departed for Brussels, Belgium, where I will be attending the 4th Africa-European Union Summit. Apart from presenting Kenya’s case on various global issues, I will also represent the East African Community in my role as current Chairperson focusing on infrastructure, trade and regional integration,” he posted on Facebook.
Well, it is not known how that representation occurred. There is no record that Uhuru got a chance to speak about the region. There is no record that the Kenyan delegation made any presentation during the meeting.
Was the President scheduled to make any presentation?
Now, our question is valid. It is important that when a President publicly informs the nation that he will be out on important African duties, we, the people, get a true feedback of that promise.
The Africa-EU meeting, the 4th such gathering, was a partnership conference bringing African and European Union countries together. As a country, and, indeed, a region facing unprecedented terror attacks, President Kenyatta’s attendance of the Brussels meeting was going to be keenly watched.
Now we can’t tell what it achieved. Can we?
From the President Facebook account, he met, ‘among others’, Somali PresidentÂ Hassan Sheik Mohamud, Liberian President Hellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and, lastly, was ushered in the meeting room (purely diplomatic etiquette) by the EU Commission PresidentÂ JosÃ© Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council.
Anyway, there are things we don’t know that we don’t know. One such thing is the ‘significance’ of this trip. Prof Nyong’o, the acting ODM party leader, termed it ‘adventurous and uncalled for’.