NAIROBI, Kenya, June 1 – President Uhuru Kenyatta deviated from tradition on Sunday by making his way into the Nyayo National Stadium for the Madaraka Day celebrations not on the customary ceremonial Land Rover but a Toyota Land Cruiser with bullet proof glass surrounding it.
The motivation for the change was unclear with Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) speculating that it could be part of heightened security measures or another manifestation of the ‘look East’ policy adopted by President Kenyatta’s government.
“Our president is now in a bullet proof LAND CRUISER? Where is our ceremonial Landie?,” @MediaMK posed.
While @Kenajode saw it as a definite move East, “Moving East kabisa even chase cars including one that dropped him Toyota Landcruiser VX and Prados no European cars!!”
Former Activist and photojournalist Boniface Mwangi was however of a different opinion and saw the bullet proofed Toyota as a consequence of increased insecurity in the country.