Kenyans glad the president is safe
24 April 2015, 13:48
Nairobi - Despite the upheaval or unnecessary press over President Uhuru Kenyatta's failed trip to the United States, Kenyans are glad he is back safely in the country.
The President returned home Thursday night after his
aircraft faced route challenges caused by heightened military activity
in Yemen, State House has said.
In a statement, State House
Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said President Kenyatta’s aircraft was destined
for Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, where he was due to connect to a
commercial flight to Los Angeles.
" Following reports of increased
military activity in Yemen, there was a challenge on the routing leading
to a decision to turn back. The President touched the ground at Jomo
Kenyatta International Airport at 11.42 pm," Esipisu said.
On receiving the reports, Kenyans were happy to have the President back home despite the shoddy nature in which his travel arrangements were made.
" I am happy that the president is back in the country and very safe. His safety is our main concern, Jackline Kagumu a Nairobi pharmacist told News24.
Some felt that the president's handlers had done a disservice to him by attempting to fly him over a war zone.
" I am relieved that the president is okay but you have to question the people who choose his travel routes because they should have flagged that Yemen is unsafe, Robert Njeru," a photographer said.
Some others felt that the president should next time take charge of his own travel arrangements.
" I am not sure who takes care of the President's travel plans but maybe he should be consulted next time and asked as to what he is comfortable with, Susan Njeri," a beautician in Nairobi posed.
There was no immediate explanation as to who takes care of the president's travel plans and the advice his travel planners get from State House, though Kenyans will expect not to hear such stories again in future.
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