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Kenya seen shifting allegiance to the East

19 November 2013, 11:42

Nairobi - A prominent local analyst cautioned against alleged moves by the Uhuru Kenyatta-led administration to change the country’s policies based on current tensions with the West.

The warnings come amid the president arriving in Kuwait and joining 65 other leaders from Africa and the Arab world for the third Africa Arab Economic Summit.

The event coincided with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Sri Lanka.

This was the first time an elected Kenyan President skipped the Commonwealth summit since independence in 1963.

This has raised eyebrows with pundits reading a slow but steady shift of loyalty from the Western countries to those of the East.

“We now can say that we have genuine, legitimate, consistent friends,” Kenyatta was quoted as saying after arriving in Kuwait.

He was expected to hold bilateral talks with the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

President Kenyatta has been fostering links with the East much to the alleged discomfort of the Western countries.

“That has been one of the points of contentions with the west, that the west tries to intimidate Africans not to open up to other countries,” added political analyst,   Prof. Macharia Munene.

The president’s visit to the east comes a few days after the United Nations Security Council turned down a request by the African Union to have the International criminal Court cases he and his Deputy, William Ruto, are facing deferred for a year. 

Jubilee Party allied leaders reacted angrily to the collapsed bid of the deferral effort.

The pair is facing charges of crimes against humanity arising from the violent 2007/08 election.

– CAJ News


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