Uhuru Kenyatta jets in Chato tomorrow

04Jul 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Uhuru Kenyatta jets in Chato tomorrow

KENYAN President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to arrive in the country tomorrow for a two-day private visit, the State House said yesterday.

A statement released by the Directorate of Presidential Communications said President Kenyatta will be hosted by President John Magufuli at Mlimani village in Chato district, Geita region.

President Magufuli arrived at his home village on Sunday for a break, where he will be joined by his guest from the neighbouring country, an East African Community (EAC) member state.

“President Magufuli will hold talks with his guest (President Kenyatta) during the visit,” the statement noted.

On Tuesday, President Kenyatta wrote to his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli, underlining how he was annoyed by the recent outburst by the country’s legislator Charles Njagua Kanyi alias Jaguar who last week threatened to attack foreign nationals doing business in Kenya, including Tanzanians.

In his letter, President Kenyatta said the sentiments did not reflect the position of the Kenyan government.

The letter was delivered on Tuesday by President Kenyatta’s emissary, Kenyan High Commissioner to Tanzania Dan Kazungu and it was received by the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on behalf of President Magufuli.

The comments that were seen as xenophobic were greeted with condemnations in Kenya itself and beyond, with the National Assembly which was sitting in Dodoma demanding the government’s response on the matter.

After receiving the letter, PM Majaliwa called on Tanzanians to refrain from utterances that can stain economic and diplomatic relations between Tanzania and other countries.

Meanwhile, MP Jaguar was yesterday arraigned in court in Nairobi, charged with incitement to violence targeting Tanzanians among other foreigners doing business in the neighbouring country.

The prosecution told the court that the Starehe MP made utterances intended to incite Kenyans against foreign nationals living here.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) as well as the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) are among those set to testify against the legislator.

The musician-turned-politician, who has been in police custody since Wednesday last week when he was arrested, appeared before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi and denied the said offence.

He enjoyed freedom again after posting cash bail of Kenya shillings 500,000 (equivalent to Tsh100m ).

The court heard that he committed the said offence on June 24 at Nyamakima area which falls under his constituency within Nairobi County.

The MP was arrested outside Kenyan Parliament grounds in the capital after a video clip emerged on social media showing him threatening to beat foreign nationals doing business in his constituency, including Tanzanians.

In the clip widely shared in East Africa and beyond, Jaguar was recorded at Gikombaa market which is popular for second-hand clothes, saying: "When you look at our market, Tanzanians and Ugandans have taken our businesses. Enough is enough. If we will give them 24 hours and they will not leave, we will beat them and we are not scared of anyone."

The MP from the ruling Jubilee Party then repeats the phrase "enough is enough" as people applaud.

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