Uhuru security detail frustrated after missing hotel rooms in Mombasa


Frustrated officers in the President’s security detail turned to journalists for assistance when they could not find vacant rooms in Mombasa hotels.

Uhuru Kenyatta landed in the city from the UAE on Tuesday evening to officiate the 41st annual Kenya Secondary School Heads Association conference.

Uhuru ‘ resurfaced’ four days after concluding Angola and Belgium trips. He did not jet back to the country after the state visits and there there was no communication from State House on his whereabouts.

Security officers who did not want to be named said it is “routine” to stay in hotels when they accompany the President to trips outside Nairobi.

“We are used in staying in hotels. We are never worried about where to stay… sometimes we need freedom,” said the officer.

A spot check by the Star found most hotels fully booked because of the Primary school heads conference that has brought together more than 8,000 participants.

Several CBD and Mtwapa hotels, including Jawambe, Safari, Comfort, Wananchi and Lambada, do not have vacant rooms.

Uhuru met the Teachers Service Commission and unions on Wednesday and warned in his address that they should not schoo children as shields in their battles.

He was briefed on the central bargaining agreement signed on Tuesday, that introduces a standard daily subsistence allowance for those working outside their duty stations.

The President will officiate the conference taking place at Wild Waters in Nyali and is expected to meet Muslims for Iftar at State House this evening.

The President gave fasting Muslims Ramadhan goodies worth Sh1 million worth, to be shared across the country.

The handover was witnessed by Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa and CIPK officials including Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa and Juma Ngao.


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