BY BMJ MURIITHI
The optics were near-perfect for Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta as he freely mingled and posed for photos Saturday with the who-is-who of the world’s seven richest nations, including US president Donald J Trump.
The president’s press team (PSCU) was in its element and knew that it was a moment to savour…and they did not disappoint. They made sure that not a single second of the memorable moments was not broadcast to the world via photos and video posted on their social; media platforms.
“This is not just any other event that His Excellency is attending. We have an opportunity to show the world that despite what is said by our detractors, Kenya is well respected at the echelons of the international community,” said a government official who is travelling with Mr Kenyatta and who sought anonymity.
“We weren’t invited here by mistake. For those thinking it was a fluke, Our president will even attend the G20 summit in Germany next month,” he told Dunia Times.
Elsewhere, Kenyans on social media seemed to have a field day. Many complimented the president, saying Kenya was among few African countries whose leadership is recognized by the Group of Seven.
Some even brought opposition leader and NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga into the mix. “Rao must be envious of the incumbent president,” wrote Moses Abwao.
Others even created memes with all manner of hilarious comments. OtienoAllan posted the following phot on Instagram:
Kenyatta was scheduled to speak “the timeliness and challenges brought about by innovation as a factor of economic growth and development in Africa.”
The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal bloc of industrialised democracies which includes the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
The bloc meets annually to discuss issues such as global economic governance, international security, and energy policy.
Watch related video below as Uhuru explains why he was in Taormina:
Italy currently holds the rotating G7 Presidency with the theme of this year’s summit being ‘Building the foundations of renewed trust’.
Besides Kenya, other African countries invited to represent the interests of the continent in Italy are Ethiopia, Tunisia and Nigeria.
Ambassador Amina Mohamed, the Foreign Affairs CS, explains a little more:
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