Saturday 21, 2017 – President Uhuru Kenyatta surprised residents of Meru when he skipped the burial of former KPCU Director and Cooperative Bank founder, Henry Kinyua, on Tuesday.
The red carpet that had been rolled for the President, who was expected to arrive at about 12pm, was folded and returned to Nairobi.
His motorcade pulled out of Kaaga Primary School where he was expected to land for the funeral.
Senior security officers, who had already taken their positions waiting for the Commander-in-Chief, were also recalled from their posts.
Uhuru’s press team also folded up its apparatus upon receiving news that their boss would not be attending the burial.
Although there was no communication from State House, some Kenyans connected this to the departure of former TNA’s Secretary General, Onyango Oloo, from the ruling coalition after he announced that he has ditched Jubilee for ODM.
Some said Uhuru was shocked by the defection of Onyango, who was very instrumental in his presidential campaigns in 2013, and that is the reason he skipped the burial.
“The President is still in shock because he had a lot of trust in Onyango Oloo,” said a source in Jubilee.
On Tuesday morning, Onyango led more than 100 Jubilee officials in joining ODM and vowed to campaign for CORD leader, Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.