Kenya Today has exclusively seen a document where President Uhuru Kenyatta’s event organizers in Washington DC are distributing invitation to fellow citizens abroad with a USD200 and USD100 payment demand.
The Dinner, to be held tomorrow, is organized by a Nairobi-based organization called Corporate Council for Africa which is part of Jubilee alliance government’s many lobbyist groups in Washington DC is demanding over Ksh 8000 (current exchange rates) from its members and over Ksh 15,000 from non-members has shocked compatriots who had prepared to meet the president.
Sources reveal the charges are meant to keep away those critical of Jubilee Alliance and President Uhuru’s year-long grandstanding and relegation of the US – one of Kenya’s biggest donnor funders – for China. This came after intelligence at Kenya’s diplomatic mission in DC revealed that ‘elements in the opposition and civil society in Kenya’ were planning to ‘grill the President’.
Many Diasporans who spoke with this writer intimated that the charges are reminiscent of the mentality within government and ‘home’ that they (diasporans) have excess money to expend.
“It is robbery, the sort that leaves you wondering whether the President is really patriotic. How can we pay money to meet Uhuru with the billions of dollars we remit back home?”
Calls to Amb. Jean Njeri Kamau – whose staff are said to be behind the collection – went unanswered.