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Uhuru to visit Kenyans in Boston

By Metro Corespondent
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta will visit the Kenyan Diaspora community in Boston this Friday September 26th in a move expected to generate tons of excitement among nationals in the region.

According to an announcement by the Kenyan Embassy in Washington D.C, the president will address Kenyan from 2.30pm to 5pm at a venue that will be communicated soon.
Prior to visiting Boston, Uhuru will address Kenyans in New York on Thursday 6pm at an event hosted by the Kenyan Ambassador to the UN, Ambassador Macharia Kamau.
The president has been in the USA to attend the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.
 The Kenyan Embassy in D.C urged Kenyans who would like to attend the Boston event to register online ahead of time to guarantee a seat.
At the time of registration, Kenyans will also be able to post any question they may have for the president.
Coming barely four months after the much talked about 3 month sabbatical leave at the invitation of the African Presidential Center at Boston University by Opposition leader Raila Odinga, the Friday visit will bear a hallmark of significance and a fodder for political pundits, both in the motherland and here in the Diaspora.
 After returning to Kenya, Odinga embarked on a renewed push for reforms where here called for the much hyped Saba Saba mass action rally against Kenyatta’s ruling Jubilee coalition, citing many problems facing the country among them “growing insecurity, corruption and bad governance”.
 The Saba Saba rally eventually gave birth to the current referendum push call by the Okoa Kenya movement led by Raila, and vehemently opposed by Kenyatta’s Jubilee Coalition.
The visit also comes at a time when Kenyans are jittery over demands by the ICC for Uhuru to appear before the global court on October 8 for a review of his pending case where he has been accused for crimes against humanity following the 2007 Post election violence in Kenya.
According to multiple media reports citing the ICC, Uhuru’s case has hit a rough patch due to lack of evidence, with the ICC accusing the Kenyan government of not doing enough to comply with ICC requests for more documents deemed crucial to the case.
On its part, media reports have quoted the Kenyan government as saying it has done as much as it was capable of under the prevailing circumstances.
However, despite the uncertainty whether Uhuru will appear at The Hague in person or via video link, his visit to Boston will become the first time a sitting Kenyan president has visited the historical city to engage with Diaspora nationals.
As a student in the 80’s, Uhuru attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (Umass Amherst), a few miles to the West of Boston city.
Organized by the Kenyan Embassay in Washington, Friday's visit is a culmination of efforts by several Kenyan community organizations in the area who have been lobbying the president to pay a visit to the city where the government plans to establish a consulate.
One month ago, after the conclusion of the US-Africa Summit, Uhuru paid a visit to Kenyans in Dallas, another city where the government also plans to open a Consulate.
Registration to the event ends on Wednesday, September 25 or when seating is filled. Kenyans have been urged to register early in big numbers to guarantee a seating.

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