Ruto lambastes poor presidential planning
26 April 2015, 09:27
Nairobi - Council of Governors chairman and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has lambasted the poor planning that handlers of president Uhuru Kenyatta have exhibited in recent times.
Ruto was reacting to the news that president Kenyatta's trip to the United States has been cancelled after his flight to Dubai was unable to continue due to fears over his safety in Yemen's airspace.
The official statement from State House on the debacle seemed to point at the military activity in the war torn country being a factor but Ruto and many others have questioned the handling of the president and the reasons as to why he was in the first place taken through a war torn country in the planning of the trip.
" I still do not understand this issue. The president cannot be flown through a country with military activity like Yemen. It cannot happen and it must not happen. Simple, Ruto told News24.
" The question remains, who planned for the trip? And if they did, they should know like the rest of the world that Yemen is not safe to fly over, especially for a head of state," he added.
The Bomet legislator feels that there has to be a different outlook in the matter in future to avoid such situations.
" There has to be a different outlook in my view. There has to be different steps taken in-order to avoid such stories. It does not make good reading at all," he added.
State House announced Friday evening that the president would not
continue with his trip after being disrupted Thursday following a mishap
in his flight plan.
" The President will no longer be making the
trip for the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles,
USA," a statement from State house said.
President Kenyatta returned home Thursday night after his
aircraft faced route challenges caused by heightened military activity
in Yemen, State House earlier confirmed.
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.
Kenyatta had left Nairobi Thursday evening on board his official Kenya
Airforce aircraft for the US.
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