President jets back, holds meeting with security bosses

By Geoffrey Mosoku and Cyrus Ombati | Tuesday, Sep 11th 2018 at 00:00
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President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta met security chiefs for about four hours in the Office of the President on Harambee Avenue.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i led the security team during the yesterday's meeting whose details were not immediately available.

Uhuru jetted back to the country on Sunday evening as the crisis over fuel cost escalated.

He had left the country on August 31, for Beijing, where attended the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit.

Top government officials, including Deputy President William Ruto, Dr Matiang'i and heads of security agencies received him. His arrival was largely low key.

The plane carrying the President touched down at JKIA at 8.5pm.

Communication strategy

It is not clear why his communication team chose to make his return low key. Not even the DP’s team posted the arrival anywhere. The Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) last updated the country about Uhuru’s activities on September 3.

Uhuru left Beijing last Tuesday but made a stopover in Dubai for five days.

He has not been seen in public since, neither has he issued any statement despite the country eagerly waiting for his decision on the 16 per cent VAT on petroleum products that caused rise in fuel prices.

While Uhuru was away, most Kenyans took to social media to complain about his silence on the crisis.

Experts say Uhuru is in a big dilemma over the Finance Bill 2018.

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