KOT react after Uhuru skips first assignment as Kenya’s peace envoy
President Uhuru Kenyatta has lit up Twitter after he skipped Africa Union peace talks on the conflict in Ethiopia conflict.
Mr Kenyatta, in a statement, said he will not be able to attend the AU- convened Peace Talks scheduled for October 8 due to conflict in his schedule.
“Regrettably, I wish to notify your good office that I will not be able to attend the AU Peace talks in South Africa owing to conflicts in my schedule,” the former president said.
“However, in the interim and as you consider the possibility for another date for the peace talks, I would be grateful to receive further clarity on the structure and modalities of the talks, including and not limited to the rules of engagement for all the interlocutors invited,” he added.
The former head of state was expected to attend the meeting in South Africa aimed at ending a two-year conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.
President William Ruto, after being sworn in, appointed Mr Kenyatta as Kenya’s peace envoy for the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa.
In Twitter, Mr Kenyatta’s decision drew diverse reactions. Here are some of the comments by Kenyans on Twitter:
The language that ruto and his deputy has been releasing against president Uhuru kenyatta cannot make any dignified person go to represent this government.
— James Kanumi (@KanumiJames) October 7, 2022
If former president Uhuru Kenyatta is not willing to take up the international duty, someone who is not busy can.
We are looking for jobs.
— Captain Kipkorir 🇰🇪 (@CaptainKipkorir) October 7, 2022
Best decision by President Uhuru Kenyatta to avoid the Ethiopia peace talks in South Africa. Watu wa state kapcha wanataka kumgeuza scapegoat
— Akbas (@Ammar_Kassim8) October 7, 2022
Kenya's 4th President Uhuru Kenyatta has withdrawn from the International talks on Ethiopia-Tigray peace keeping in South Africa and the Kenya kwanza wing is lamenting more than the Ethiopians ,HE William Ruto can as well appoint Ferdinand Waititu to that position 🤣💥🔨
— Frank Mtetezi (ʙᴀꜰ)🗨️🇰🇪 (@FrankMtetezi) October 7, 2022
President Uhuru kenyatta has been smeared with cowdung for so long by Ruto's regime,we cordially accept his refusal to be Ruto's pointman in South Africa..let him do his things his way,we are not part of his government!
— Solomon (@Akokosolomon) October 7, 2022
Thank you President Uhuru Kenyatta..
— Jame (@Cjamehk) October 7, 2022