Uhuru cancels 2 high-profile international meetings and engagements over Coronavirus

Effects of Coronavirus hit State House

File image of President Uhuru Kenyatta

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced President Uhuru Kenyatta to cancel two high profile international meetings that he was to attend.

Nation reports that the President was initially scheduled to visit Vatican Ciy in Italy from 10-14 March 2020 where it was expected that he would meet Pope Francis.

An advance team had already been dispatched on 02 March with a second one scheduled to jet out on 06 March before the trip was canceled and the team recalled back to the country.

With Europe turning to be the epicenter of the Covid-19 Virus and Italy being the worst hit country in Europe and ordering a total countrywide lockdown, it became apparent that President Kenyatta’s trip would not materialize.

Tripartite meeting over Kenya-Somalia tension

A second high-profile Kenya-Somalia-Ethiopia tripartite meeting that was to be hosted by President Kenyatta at State House Mombasa has also been called off at the last meeting.

The head of state was scheduled to meet his Somalia counterpart Mohamed Farmaajo and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to discuss the frosty between Nairobi and Mogadishu.

A notification canceling the meeting that was planned for 16 March 2020 came barely a few hours after Kenya ad Ethiopia reported their first cases of Coronavirus on Friday 13 March 2020.

Nation reports that the notification for the cancellation indicated that it was “due to unavoidable intervening circumstances”.

“It will not be possible for the Kenya-Somalia-Ethiopia Tripartite Summit to take place as earlier scheduled on March 16, 2020,” read the notification.

The meeting was a product of President Kenyatta’s special envoy Fred Matiang’i who led a delegation to Mogadishu in the wake of renewed tensions between the two countries.


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