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15 foreign States protest visits by Kenyan VIPs

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Fifteen governments have raised concerns and protested over increased and uncoordinated travels by senior Kenyan Government officials to their countries.They have also demanded that such trips be better coordinated for easy facilitation by host nations.The trips made by some top Kenyan offi cials abroad have caused protocol breakdowns as they are executed without adequate notice to the hosts making Kenya a diplomatic nuisance abroad.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Minister Richard Onyonka confirmed that he has raised the concerns raised by 15 foreign countries with the National Assembly and other affected State organs engaging in accelerated

foreign trips.

“This matter is embarrassing our country. We have received complaints from Canada, Turkey, Poland, Germany, Britain, Russia and Netherlands among others who are requesting that official trips should be well coordinated to enable proper treatment of our officials when they are out there,” Onyonka said.

He said that some Kenyan embassies end up inconvenienced, as they do not have official vehicles to help transport the VIP guests from the airport to their hotels.

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