State House Chief of Staff and Uhuru Kenyatta’s hand puppet Nzioka Waita has downplayed emerging concerns over President Uhuru Kenyatta’s numerous foreign trips despite the country’s financial struggle.
Waita on Wednesday defended the Kenyatta’s trips abroad saying they are part and parcel of his job.
According to the State House of Chief of Staff, foreign travel is meant to advance the country’s “agenda and sphere of influence.”
“One of President Kenyatta’s duties as Head of State is to position Kenya as a force for good and a thought leader in the community of Nations. A duty he has discharged extremely effectively. Foreign travel to advance Kenya’s agenda and sphere of influence is simply part of the job,” said Waita in a tweet.
Waita was speaking in an apparent reference to media reports indicating that Kenyatta has made 31 foreign trips over the last 21 months, with questions being raised on whether there has been value for money.
One of President Kenyatta’s duties as Head of State is to position Kenya as a force for good & a thought leader in the community of Nations. A duty he has discharged extremely effectively. Foreign travel to advance Kenya’s agenda and sphere of influence is simply part of the job.
— Nzioka Waita (@NziokaWaita) October 30, 2019
Here is what some Kenyans had to say to Waita.
Hyperbole 101 👇🏿👇🏿👇🏿
-force for good
-sphere of influence https://t.co/zKrKIuGePJ
— Sura Mbaya (@surambaya) October 31, 2019
Nah, he's just showing us that the best way to experience Kenya is from outside. https://t.co/UCoO4ntrKH
— #KUTAV2 (@TheJimmy_K) October 30, 2019
President Magufuli of 🇹🇿 is busy touring corners of his country inspecting projects n dealing decisively with those who are doing shoddy work n not delivered the project within the time line. While President Uhuru tours foreign countries wantonly chewing our taxes w/out mercy. https://t.co/yOMgor660c
— TH🅾️Ⓜ️🅰️S (@thomskan82) October 31, 2019
Kumbe ni Influenzer in chief? Carry on. 😂😂 https://t.co/tnmeQypbni
— Vic #SwitchOffKPLC Otieno (@hotshotcreative) October 30, 2019
Shut The Fuck Up!!! https://t.co/bXAeqpnMRB
— Burgermoyo 🍔 (@OllieMutai_) October 30, 2019
We understand the man is your boss. Just avoid insulting our intelligence.
— Thomas Perez Munyao (@perezmunyao) October 30, 2019
Also other duties aee: to promote Corruption, Nepotism and Tribalism, kill the economy etc .. On that he's doing the best. Congratulations Uhuru
— Morientez Kabora (@SMkabora) October 30, 2019
What do state jobs do to people https://t.co/n0nxrC86ee
— Kirima Nturibi (@K_mountainous) October 30, 2019
Hii kazi yako ni ngumu. U have to spin even the 'unspinable'!. Anyway of importance is the end of month package. 🤷🏿♂️ https://t.co/MMj1air8TT
— tito (@tituskimanthi) October 30, 2019
This is not the first time President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trips abroad are raising eyebrows. He has previously been branded the “tourist president,” but the government has remained adamant that the trips are of benefit to the country.
Over the last 10 days, President Kenyatta and his entourage have flown to Tokyo, Japan and Sochi, Russia in a luxury private jet.
This week he left the country for Saudi Arabia to attend the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference after which he is expected to visit Botswana.
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