President Uhuru Kenyatta and France President Emmanuel Macron [Photo: State House]

President Uhuru Kenyatta is in France for an official visit but a photo shared by State House on social media got netizens talking. In the photo, Uhuru, donning a mask, is seen embracing France President Emmanuel Macron. Kenyans online were quick to remind the President against a casual approach to the Coronavirus, especially after he warned the nation against laxity.

“Can’t see social distance. Sanitize!” wrote one netizen. “Then you will come back and tell us to keep distance,” added another. “What's happening here? Somebody tell me please,” asked another.

Earlier this week, President Kenyatta partially reopened the economy by pushing the curfew time from 9pm to 11pm, noting that Kenya had made significant strides as far as fighting the virus is concerned.

“In fact, experience has taught us that we are most vulnerable and fragile at the moment where we think we have won. I am not saying this to belittle the achievements that we have made but just indeed as he told us only asking us to incline on the side of caution.

“If we have won one battle against COVID-19, we have not yet won the war.  The possibility of a second wave of this pandemic is, real as we have seen in other countries. As an affirmation that the enemy is still within our borders we continue to record new infections every day even as we speak. 

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“In that regard, to forestall what is happening elsewhere, we must continue adhering to the protocols issued by the Ministry of Health,” said the President.

President Kenyatta kicked off his official visit to France on Wednesday evening at Elysee Palace where he was received by his French host President Macron. Upon his arrival at the Palace shortly after 9pm local time, President Kenyatta inspected a guard of honour mounted by the French military at the start of an elaborate State reception ceremony.

The two Heads of State then witnessed the signing of three bilateral agreements before leading their delegations at a State Banquet hosted in honour of the visiting Kenyan leader. Later, the two leaders retreated for private talks.

Among the agreements reached is a public private partnership (PPP) for the construction of the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway signed between KeNHA and Vinci Concessions. The highway is one of the largest PPP projects in Eastern Africa.

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Others were agreements for the development of the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) commuter railway line and the 400KV Menengai-Rongai electricity transmission line.