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Nairobi News : December 13th 2013
news Friday, Dec 13 - Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke 3 Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (left), Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunzinza, his wife Denise, and Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete, in Kasarani stadium during Jamhuri Day celebrations yesterday. Tonu Karumba, AFP NAIROBIANS TROOP TO STADIUM IN SPITE OF RAIN Kasarani. In spite of yester- day’s morning drizzle, Nairobians thronged Safaricom Kasarani Stadium in their tens of thousands for Jamhuri Day celebrations. With unaccredited visitors sitting on the upper deck, the morning rains did not deter them from the celebrations marking the country’s 50 years of independence. “This is a milestone achieve- ment for us. I had to show my patriotism by coming here,” said John Munene. No parade Unlike the other national holidays, the programme did not include a parade by the armed forces. A lot of time was allocated to entertainment. Only representative from the various disciplined were around for the president’s guard of honour and playing of the national anthem. The jubilant crowd cheered music, comedy, dance and skit performers. Burundian drummers and Rufftone accompanied by the GSU band stole the show with an ecstatic performance that left the crowd in awe. “I am really happy that I came,” said Jane Waithera. She was with her three-year-old son. Security officers were all over the stadium grounds. Those who attended were screened twice before getting inside the venue. Hawkers cashed in on the fete to sell snacks and merchandise. Arthur Situma, NN No easy task hosting one VIP let alone a dozen presidents Nightmare. Security forces have a rough time securing about 18 five-star hotels PETER LEFTIE, NairobiNews @peterleftie email@example.com N airobi faced one of its biggest logistical nightmares on Wednesday and Thursday as world leaders flew in to attend the Kenya@50 celebrations. Protocal and security officers worked late into Wednesday night and the early hours of Thursday securing several five-star hotels which were hosting at least 16 visiting presidents and prime ministers. Long hours were also spent clearing Nairobi’s major roads of heavy traffic compounded by the heavy rains pounding the city to allow the visitors a smooth ride to their various hotels when they flew in on Wednesday evening. No less than 18 of Nairobi’s most luxurious and elegant five-star hotels were selected to host the visiting heads of state and their delegations, some hosting as many as three presidents. Due to security reasons, the visiting delegations were driven straight to their hotels and could therefore not join their host President Kenyatta at the Wednesday night function at the Uhuru Gardens where he hoisted the national flag and planted a commemorative tree to mark the Golden Jubilee. Five-star hotels host visiting heads • The Windsor Golf and Country Club: Hosted Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, Botswana President Seretse Ian Khama, Senegalese Aminata Toure, Japan’s special envoy Katsuyuki Kawai and the Spanish delegation led by its assistant secretary of state for Africa Manuel Gomez Acebo. • The Panari: Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. • The Nairobi Safari Club: Hosted Burundi president Pierre Nkurunzinza and his Gabon counterpart Ali Bongo Ondimba while Djibouti leader Omar Guelleh was hosted at the Stanley. • Villa Rosa Kempinski: Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa. • The Intercontinental: Presidents Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania), Goodluck Jonathan (Nigeria), Joseph Kabila (DRC), former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote as well as delegations from the US, India, Morocco, the EAC and Comesa. • The Hilton International: Played host to Comoros President, Ikililou Dhoinine and the Ivory Coast delegation led by Parliament Speaker Guillame Soro • The Safari Park: Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Rwanda’s Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumureymi was at the Safari Park Hotel. Other security details • Mercedes S500 limousine: Each president • The Boma hotel: Malawi’s Joyce Banda. • The Laico Regency: The Algerian and Iranian delegations. • The Hemingways Hotel: Hosted the president of the Sahrawi Arab Republic Mohamed Abdelaziz. • The Crowne Plaza: Namibian leader Hage Geingob. • The Serena hotel: The South Sudan leader Salva Kiir. • The Tribe Hotel: Hosted Eritrean president Isaias Afeworki. • Extra three-vehicle motorcade: for aides and security officers • Extra limousines: Hired to transport the heads of state due to a shortage of vehicles at the ministry • Each visiting president was also assigned: high ranking government official, in most cases a senator and an aide de camp from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) to chaperone them during their stay in the country.
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