How else could you explain remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, a well-travelled head of state and businessman, praising Kenya’s “Kilimanjaro tea” during the recent state visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta?
First, it was during an international Expo in Dubai last October when the Kenya delegation stole the show as it showcased its tourist regional circuit that included the Owens Falls dam in Jinja, the town is 350 kilometres east of Kampala in Uganda and more than 750 km west of Nairobi
The dam is the source of the river Nile, Africa’s longest river, but an impression was created showing the source of the Nile is being in Kenya! A completely baffled President Yoweri Museveni berated the Kampala trade delegation for failing to “correct” the blunder! A furious Museveni is said to have blamed former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who led the Kenya delegation for the “mischief”
This time around focus shifted towards Africa’s highest mountain Kilimanjaro which is in northern Tanzania. Kenya, which is currently embroiled in an ocean territory dispute with neighbouring Somalia seems to have acquired a new habit of laying claim to geographical landmarks on foreign lands.
How else could you explain remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa praising Kenya’s “Kilimanjaro tea” during the recent state visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta? President Ramaphosa, a well-travelled head of state and businessman, made the remarks at a press briefing with President Kenyatta.
Both presidents praised trade ties expressing optimism for more business opportunities between the two countries. It is at this point that President Ramaphosa made the clear “gaffe” of referring to Mount Kenya as Kilimanjaro saying the country needs more tea from the slopes of this mountain!
It’s not clear why speechwriters of South Africa’s fourth black president could have made this obvious geographical blunder. But many say Kenya’s aggressive tourism market drives always showcase regional geographical landmarks. Indeed, the Serengeti in Tanzania and Maasai Mara in Kenya are marketed as one with the climax being the annual wilder-beast migration.
This has been dubbed as the world’s “7th wonder” when from October of each year tourists throng the Maasai Mara to witness the picturesque migration of the wilder beast from the slopes of Tanzania’s Seregenti plains to the lush wild game-rich Maasai Mara in Kenya.
But mistaking tea from Mount Kenya to Kilimanjaro clearly left President Uhuru in stitches laughing and clapping contentedly. Both presidents later exchanged light banter and laughed as politicians always do even when they make what should be embarrassingly in-accurate remarks!
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