East Africa

Kenyatta, Kikwete, Magufuli get stranded at Kololo


Kenyatta, Magufuli and Kikwete at Kololo

Kenyan and Tanzania presidents suffered some hiccups on Thursday after they were stranded at Kololo independence grounds where they had gone to attend the swearing in ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni.

Uganda Radio Network reports that for over 40 minutes, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Tanzania’s John Pombe Magufuli and his predecessors Jakaya Kikwete and Ali Hassan Mwinyi were kept waiting along with Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Salma Kikwete, wife to former Tanzanian President Kikwete.

After the ceremony, Museveni left Kololo forgetting about his guests who remained seated not knowing what to do next.

As an afterthought, Kumi Resident District Commissioner Alice Muwanguzi recalled to alert protocol officers to arrange transportation for the leaders.ki

According to the report, vehicles had been parked at the Heroes Corner, located a few meters away from the independence grounds.

Journalists spotted an opportunity which they utilised to take photos with the presidents and their wives.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by 17 heads of state including among others; Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Sudan’s Omar Al Bashir, Tanzania’s John Pombe Magufuli, South Sudan’s Salva Kiir, Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang, Cameroon Prime Minister Philemon Yang, Zambia’s Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Mali’s Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Chad’s Idriss Deby and the King of Lesotho Letsi III, among others.


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