The government has come out to deny that an alleged list of 84 ‘attendees’ of President Buhari swearing in is real. Kenyans yesterday furiously reacted to the high number of people accompanying the president on taxpayers expenses, prompting the President to cancel the trip.
However, government now say the President cancelled his trip to attend an emergency meeting called by EAC on Burundi to be held in Tanzania on Sunday.
Government has termed the list ‘illegitimate’.
â€œAs a ministry that is responsible for this, obviously, we question the legitimacy of this and we wish not to be drawn into it,â€ said foreign affairs PS Karanja Kibicho.
â€œI would expect that we act responsibly before we publish lists of these kinds… We donâ€™t have Kenyans going by the names like Chinedu, Odili, Lawalâ€¦ that we would be wanting to take to Nigeria.â€
â€œProvisionally, the Kenyan delegation was due to be led by his Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, considering the situation in Burundi, and a decision by the East African Community to hold a regional summit in Tanzania on Sunday, President Kenyatta has decided to delegate the visit to Deputy President William Ruto,â€ said Dr Kibicho.
Deputy President William Ruto will now represent the President and already left Nairobi yesterday with only ten officials.