By Henry D Gombya
Kenyans have reacted angrily over yesterday’s leading story in which we showed how the British government had treated their leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta when he appeared in England for the first time as president to attend the Somalia Conference.
Thousands of angry readers bombarded us with comments ranging from ones that told Britain in no uncertain terms that the days of colonialism were over and that Kenya was now her own master, to those that were hostile to this writer for daring to show what other newspapers, both here in London and in Nairobi failed to notice. Others had the propensity to even call us names.
At issue was the failure of British Prime Minister David Cameron to appear anywhere in a photograph with President Kenyatta and leaving his Foreign Minister, William Hague, to hold talks with the Kenyan leader while Mr Cameron was busy chaperoning Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. While some readers insisted that there had indeed been a photo-shoot involving both leaders, we are yet to find evidence to contradict our belief that the British government went out of its way to ensure no such photo opportunity was available.
In our article, we made issue of the fact that for a man who has won a rare free and fair election in Africa, President Kenyatta, as leader also of a country that has hugely contributed to the prevailing ‘peace’ in Somalia, should have been welcomed by the leader of the British government, a country that had joined the United States in abandoning Somalia to the Islamic jihadists. We also argued that both the Kenyan and Ugandan leaders should have been showered with praise for their courage to face Al Shabaab.