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Real reason Samia Suluhu didn't show up for Kenya's Jamhuri Day fete

Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu cites reason for missing Kenya's 60th Jamhuri Day celebrations

Samia Suluhu Hassan, Tanzania's President, before a meeting with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, not pictured, in the Vice President's Ceremonial Office in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, April 15, 2022. Photographer: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Suluhu, one of the invited heads of state, expressed her regret for being unable to attend the celebration due to pressing matters at home.

Zanzibar's President Mwinyi, who represented her, conveyed Suluhu's well-wishes for the occasion and explained the circumstances leading to her absence.

According to Mwinyi, the northern regions of Tanzania have been significantly affected by the heavy rains, resulting in floods and numerous fatalities.

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Despite President Suluhu's desire to be present at the Jamhuri Day celebration, the dire situation in her country demanded her attention and presence.

Despite the absence of President Suluhu, the celebration was graced by the presence of other dignitaries, including President Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia.

The event also saw the participation of Deputy President Prosper Bazombanza of Burundi and Deputy Prime Minister Rebecca Kadaga of Uganda, who is also the Minister for East African Community Affairs.

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The celebration attracted several ambassadors who added an international touch to the festivities.

King Charles III extended his wishes to President Ruto and the people of Kenya on the occasion of Jamhuri Day.

The King emphasised the enduring friendship and the robust partnership between the United Kingdom and Kenya, both being members of the Commonwealth.

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In his message, King Charles III expressed his anticipation of continued warmth and cooperation between the two nations.

This year is particularly special as it marks the sixtieth anniversary of Kenya's independence and the tenth anniversary of the Commonwealth Charter.

Jamhuri Day, a national holiday in Kenya, is celebrated on December 12 each year, commemorating the country's attainment of independence on the same day in 1963.

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This year's celebration holds added significance as Kenya marks sixty years since gaining independence.

President Ruto expressed gratitude for the warm wishes from international leaders and reaffirmed Kenya's commitment to fostering strong bilateral relationships.

As Kenya reflects on its journey over the past six decades, the 60th Jamhuri Day celebration serves as a platform to acknowledge achievements, address challenges, and reinforce the nation's commitment to progress and cooperation on the global stage.

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