Uhuru’s Security Chief Denied Visa to EU-Summit


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Belgian Ambassador to Kenya Bart Ourvy was summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and delivered the visa, with Kenya reversing the cancellation of the trip.

The country also expressed anger over what it termed as EU’s move to “dictate even the security arrangements of African Heads of State”

President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday flew out of the country to attend the EU-African Union Summit in Brussels, Belgium, amidst seemingly simmering hostility between the two regional blocs following attempts by the EU to ‘cherry pick’ attendants from Africa.

During a press conference, Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Dr Karanja Kibicho while reading a tersely worded statement said refusal to give a visa to such a vital member of the Kenyan delegation sets “unfortunate precedents in the proper running of international relations.”

“Seen in this context, the refusal of a visa for a vital member of the Kenyan delegation, sent the wrong signal that the EU is in a position to dictate even the security arrangements of African Heads of State,” he said.

It should be noted, however, that some African leaders have already boycotted the EU-African summit who among others include, the Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe after his wife was too denied a travel visa.

(Daily Nation)


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