The United Kingdom government announced just before President Uhuru Kenyatta’s plane departed from Nairobi that without a valid Covid-19 clearance certificate his plane would not be allowed to land in Landon.
That was the stunning nightmare for the president as he prepared to board the plane for a three-day state visit to Britain. According to state house sources, top presidential aides were left furious with the requirement only made public hours before the trip.
Aides are reported to have advised the president to cancel the trip or “reschedule” the visit for another date wondering what would happen if the head of state tested positive for the coronavirus soon after he lands
The top aides are reported to have even advised the president to cancel the trip or “reschedule” the visit for another date wondering what would happen if the head of state tested positive for the coronavirus. Would he then be quarantined at the British airport or denied entry despite being a VIP with diplomatic status?
But British health authorities insisted even visits by VIPs are subject to “current’ health regulations and restrictions on covid. The authorities insisted that Uhuru takes the test before being “cleared” to enter Britain and meet his host Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The British health officials told the media in London that immigration laws now apply to all people entering Britain however “high” they may be especially from 19 countries on the UK watch-list.
Kenya is among the 19 countries blacklisted as hotspots and advisories have urged British citizens to avoid the country owing to a “lax attitude” in the enforcement of covid restrictions.
British officials have also cited growing laxity among Kenyans preparing for the 2022 transition elections as a cause for concern. As campaigns kick off some “reckless” politicians have been playing host to huge rallies that observe no social distance or wearing of face masks.
Officials in London have also warned that Kenya’s public transport network is “number one super spreader It’s against this harsh reality that President Kenyatta found his VIP status virtually rendered worthless as he was subjected to tests and clearance from UK health officials.
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