By James Ololo
I Just want to inform Kenyans that today, I was denied access to the Brussel’s hotel hall where President Uhuru Kenyatta was meeting Kenyans. Having registered with the embassy of Kenya a week ago having received confirmation of my registration, I arrived at the venue on time, showed my ID card, signed in and received an entry ticket around 6:10pm.
They opened the second layer of control which included full body search and where you’d have to give your ticket, which I did. It’s now 7:40 and as I give my ID to the the presidential guard, he looks at the ID card with a grim face then looks at me and says. “Sit there please” without explaining why.
Then I asked him if I could have my ID card back and he says “wait”. On this couch is a Mr. Kinuthia from Paris, a staunch supporter of the president I met on Facebook about two years ago. Today I met him around 6 when I arrived and he was very happy to meet me, he even pulled me aside and started telling me stories about politics. So since I thought I had a good rapport with Kinuthia, I could ask him what all this was about.
“Just sit here, they want us to go to the high table” he replied. As people went in, Kinuthia and I chatted. Another Kenyan had a problem to enter the venue because he did not have his ID card on him. He’s William Murage, a person I’ve known for 10 years came to join us on the couch and I introduced the two.
Meanwhile, the guard gave me back my ID card and left. Something told me that something was going on, something was not right. So I stood up and asked why they won’t let me in, by this time, everybody was gone. The new guard told me that they were not allowed to let me in.