It’s Ethiopia! State now breaks silence over aborted Uhuru trip

Standard Digital
By Geoffrey Mosoku and Cyrus Ombati
Updated Monday, May 11th 2015

Kenyan Presidential Jet - source Standard
Kenyan Presidential Jet – source Standard

Kenya has sent a protest note to Ethiopia after the aborted presidential trip to the United States last month.

It was revealed Sunday that the President’s jet turned back after Ethiopian authorities advised the pilot to change the flight course in a bid to avoid the Yemen airspace.

It also emerged that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s jet turned back to Nairobi in Somalia, after Ethiopian air controllers advised them to reroute.

Officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the protest note was handed to Ethiopian Ambassador to Kenya Dina Mufti, who was reportedly summoned to the ministry last Monday over the matter.

“We sent a strong protest note to Ethiopia for embarrassing us. What they did was wrong,” said a highly placed source who requested anonymity.

Foreign Affairs PS Karanja Kibicho confirmed that Kenya had sent a note to Ethiopia but denied the envoy had been summoned.

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