National Outlook:Uhuru travelled with Jubilee, CORD leaders for US-Africa summit


UHURU USAWASHINGTON DC: President Uhuru Kenyatta blended the ruling Jubilee coalition and Opposition coalition leadership as part of his delegation to the US-Africa summit in Washington DC.

Uhuru’s delegation to the Summit, which ran on August 5 and 6, was also one of the biggest to the US since he assumed office in April 2013.

The Washington Summit was the third President Kenyatta was attending after earlier visits to the European Union (EU)-African Summit in Brussels, Belgium and the Africa-Arab League Summit in Kuwait last year.

Apart from elected leaders from both the Senate and the National Assembly, as well as Cabinet Secretaries, the Washington delegation also included some leaders from the Jubilee coalition-allied parties, notably New Ford Kenya’s Eugene Wamalwa.

Opposition leaders included Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) national chairman and Kitui County Senator David Musila, who is also a former Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MPs on the tour were Chairman of the Parliamentary Investment Committee, Adan Keynan, Kajiado Central MP Major (rtd) Joseph Nkaissery and MP James Nyikal (Seme Constituency).

Jubilee politicians in the delegation included Nairobi County Senator Mike Sonko, Garissa County Senator Yusuf Haji and The National Alliance (TNA) national chairman, nominated MP Johnson Sakaja. Others were Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Joyce Laboso, Runyenjes MP Cecile Mbarire, Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau and Tetu’s Ndungu Githenji.

Cabinet Secretaries were Joseph ole Lenku (Interior), Adan Mohammed, Davies Chirchir (Energy), Anne Waiguru (Devolution), James Macharia (Health), Judy Wakhungu (Environment), Henry Rotich (Treasury) and Phylis Kandie (EAC/Tourism).

Solicitor General Njee Muturi and head of the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit and Presidency Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu were also part of the entourage.

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