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President Uhuru Kenyatta’s plane forced to return to Nairobi over security fears in Yemen

NAIROBI: A plane carrying President Uhuru Kenyatta to Dubai was forced to turn back home after navigation challenges caused by military activity in Yemen, the State House in Nairobi has said.

According to State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, President Uhuru left Nairobi Thursday evening on board his official Kenya Airforce aircraft destined for Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, where he was due to connect to a commercial flight to Los Angeles.

However, the President’s plane did not make it to Dubai.


“Following reports of increased military activity in Yemen, there was a challenge on the routing leading to a decision to turn back. The President touched the ground at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 11.42 pm” Esipisu said in a statement.