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Why Netanyahu skipped Kasarani event

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is in the country for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration but he will not be present at the Kasarani Stadium due to security concerns.

Netanyahu is scheduled to speak at State House on Tuesday afternoon and there after hold a series of meetings with African heads of state.

Israeli media reported that there were concerns over the Prime Minister’s safety while in Kenya especially at the stadium where the inauguration was set to take place.


HaareTZ and Times of Israel said that “the Shin Bet security service has therefore not green-lighted for Netanyahu to appear at Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium out of concern for his safety.”

Netanyahu’s first visit to Kenya and was in July 2016, while on that maiden African trip, he also visited Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia becoming the first Israeli premier in decades to visit the continent.

In June this year, he flew to Liberia to attend the Economic Community of West African States further meeting several African heads of state.

“Four African missions have been opened in Israel in the last two years, and I hope that by the end of the day I will be able to announce the opening of a new Israeli embassy in one of the African countries,” Netanyahu said on Tuesday morning before departing for Kenya.

He is set to meet several heads before he leaves the country this evening.