President Kenyatta pleads for the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions imposed by UK on Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta with his host British PM Boris Johnson a

By The Weekly Vision team

President Uhuru Kenyatta visits the UK with a full in-tray. He will be accompanied by top government officials and a trade delegation.

The president, according to sources at the Statehouse will insist on the UK lifting the Covid-19 blockade Boris Johnson’s government imposed against travellers to Kenya last year. President Kenyatta will insist to his hist that Kenya has managed to reduce the spread of the disease and it is now safe for tourists and investors to visit.

Kenya is among 19 countries blacklisted including Tanzania for not being “safe’ due to the rising number of Covid -19 infections fuelled by “reckless” state officials. Some senior politicians and government officials have been seen addressing huge crowds without wearing masks, keeping social distance or washing hands. In recent public national days and by-elections, politicians freely shook hands with voters causing a spike in cases.

UK officials are said to be alarmed at the “casual” attitude of Kenyan politicians engaged in early campaigns for the 2022 polls

More than 130,000 Kenyans have been infected since the first case was reported in the country in March 2020. The country went into lockdown and closed down the economy, more than 3,000 Kenyans have since died from the virus.

UK officials are said to be alarmed at the “casual” attitude of Kenyan politicians engaged in early campaigns for the 2022 polls. The UK is also understood to be “anxious” to see a “clear road map” by its former colony for a “peaceful transfer of power” in 2022.

The UK is keen for Nairobi to reassure investors of continued peace and stability with a “vigorous” fight against high octane corruption in corridors of government.

The UK is said to be urging Kenyatta to tighten external borrowing, end rampant corruption and cut down on the bloated public wage bill. Mr Kenyatta is also expected to give a one-hour interview to BBC where he will unveil his post-2022 retirement plans and legacy.

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