Chakwera Off to Kenya; UNGA

Chakwera Off to Kenya; UNGA

President Lazarus Chakwera is in Nairobi, Kenya, on his way to the United States of America for this year’s United Nations General Assembly - UNGA.

He left the country Monday night having being delayed for some hours as the plane he is using awaited clearance from engineers.  

President Chakwera is in Kenya to attend the inauguration of president-elect William Samuoei Ruto.

Malawi’s information minister Gospel Kazako told Zodiak it was imperative that President Chakwera attends the event as Malawi and Kenya share a lot of values historically, socially, and economically.

On the UNGA, Kazako insists the President’s trip is crucial because it will offer him an opportunity to hold meetings that would benefit the country.

There have been concerns that the trip would further deplete the country’s already meagre foreign reserves.

Meanwhile, thousands of people have gathered at Nairobi’s main stadium for the inauguration of Ruto.

Hundreds arrived here from as early as 03:00 local time - hours ahead of the ceremony.

Major roads have been sealed off and heavy security deployed around the stadium and city.

At least 20 heads of state from the region and beyond will be attending the public ceremony expected to be witnessed by thousands of spectators at the stadium.

The inaugural event will include a military guard of honour, a fly-past and musical performances.

During the event, outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta will hand over the symbols of power - a sword and a copy of Kenya’s constitution to the new president.

Mr Kenyatta, who has initially failed to congratulate the president elect, on Monday said he was committed to a peaceful transition and urged the new president to serve all Kenyans.

Mr Ruto beat President Kenyatta's favoured successor, veteran politician Raila Odinga, in a close election.

Last week, the Supreme Court dismissed several petitions that had challenged Mr Ruto's win.

(Additional reporting by BBC)

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Last modified on Tuesday, 13/09/2022

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