Airport drama: Uhuru men order pictures with Governor Stephen Sang to be deleted

President Uhuru Kenyatta, first lady Margret Kenyatta and DP William Ruto after the memorial service of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta on 22 August, 2019.

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Presidential guards ordered a section of official photographers to delete pictures capturing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reception on his arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

President Kenyatta, who landed shortly before 9am last Thursday from Japan, was received by Deputy President William Ruto, Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, military service commanders, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, among others.

As is tradition, photographers from both the President’s and DP’s pools clicked away as he exchanged pleasantries with top officials. After greeting Mr Sang, who was the last in line, he headed straight to the presidential limousine to leave for State House.

However, according to an official who was present, the vehicle stopped briefly and Uhuru’s aide-de-camp alighted and talked to President Escort Unit Commander Josphat Kirimi.

Mr Kirimi then issued instructions to his men who singled out a few photographers and ordered them to delete the photos they had taken of the President’s arrival.

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“They were given a stern warning that should any pictures leak, they will be held personally liable,” a source said.

Governor shocked

The other photographers present, however, delivered the photos they took as per protocol. It is not clear what got the President to ask his security men to order the deletion of the pictures. The source, however, intimated that Sang’s arrival may have caught some of the leaders present off-guard.

The President, the source added, is not keen to be seen with any leader(s) charged in court or under investigation.

Two months ago, Sang was charged with malicious damage of property, incitement to violence and abuse of public office after…

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