Kenyan legislators are an unhappy lot after the United States embassy refused to invite a colleague to Sunday’s public address by President Barack Obama in Kasarani.
The US embassy is said to have directly sent invitations to Members of Parliament, a protocol breach that angered Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi who said the embassy overlooked his office.
According to K24 TV, one Member of Parliament has not been invited to the event that will be held at the Safaricom indoor arena, at the Moi sports centre Kasarani.
The television station claimed that the MP was bypassed because of an ongoing rape case against him, which rendered him ineligible to meet the US President.
Kenyans senators and MPs had pushed for President Obama to address a joint session of the two houses, but the itinerary changed at the last minute even after US security officers had inspected parliament buildings.
MP Junet Mohamed (Suna East) told Daily Nation that they had expected to be addressed by the President but have instead been invited to the Sunday event.