President Uhuru cancelled his meeting with Kenyans living in the US after intelligence reports showed that the he was to be ridiculed for his disrespect for rule of law/courts (failure to pay teachers). Already diaspora Kenyans had expressed disgust with the way he was handling the teachers’crisis, rampant alleged corruption in Devolution docket/NYS, selective fight against Corruption among others.
Never mind that those who had booked hotels and air tickets to New York were mostly his TNA supporters. There were also reports that another reason was the ethnic composition of the would be participants and differences between Kenya’s Ambassador to the US Robinson Njeru Githae and Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Macharia Kamau.
The meeting, dubbed ‘Diaspora Reception’, was to happen on the sidelines of the main United Nations General Assembly meeting.
Kenya Today has learnt that a major division emerged among Kenyans living in the diaspora when they were told that participants, especially speakers, during the meeting had been chosen.Â This was despite the fact that tickets to the conference was still being sold to Kenyans living in Washington DC area.
Kenyans also learnt there would be no plenary; meaning only chosen speakers will bore them with scripted speeches ong after the President had spoken and left.
On Thursday, Kenya’s Permanent Mission to UN, the meeting organizers, received information from Nairobi to cancel the event.
“The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations sincerely regrets to inform the Kenyan Diaspora that the Diaspora Reception scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 in New York City has been CANCELLED due to unavoidable circumstances”.
Chris Maina, a graduate student at Georgetown Law and a founding blogger Â with this forum is counting his luck after he cancelled his travel plans to New York from DC for a meeting that never was.
“I was excited at first to go to NY to listen to the President but lost interest. I would have wasted my time,” he told this writer.
Last year in Los Angeles, a meeting between Githae and Kenyans in the diaspora came into sharp focus when all attendees ended up being Kikuyus. Gitahe defended himself, saying he couldn’t force others to attend if they don’t to show patriotism to country.
The President was informed that Amb. Githae has been dismantling all systems which his predecessor, Amb. Ogembo, had put in place to ensure Kenyans make the best of visiting leaders from both government and the opposition.
But what really led to the cancelling of the diaspora event was the schism between Kamau and Githae, whom diaspora sources claim do not see eye-to-eye. Githae had wanted to be in charge of the President’s diary while in the US which Kamau could not stomach.
Nairobi was then informed the differences would play out during the meeting with Kenyans. Some Kenyans were also said to be planning to openly ask the President about the teachers strike, a topic the president had indicated he is not willing to discuss.