Tanzania’s Government rises above partisan domestic & regional politics to prove it is.
It is absurd to note the indifference exhibited by Kenya Government towards the honour shown to the country whose former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was invited on lengthy study tour coordinated by the African Presidential Centre at the Boston University in Massachusetts, USA.
The Tanzanian government has welcomed the fact that their former Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Frederick Sumaye was also similarly invited as his Kenyan counterpart. They went further and Tanzanian Ambassador in Washington actually attached a permanent diplomatic entourage led by the first officer to accompany their former PM at all official engagements, an acknowledgement of the significance the Tanzanian government views the invitation, and the potential benefits it carries for all Tanzanians.
It so happened that whenever diplomatic intervention was required for Hon Sumaye, the Tanzanian First Officer had to act for both his country’s former PM and Kenya’s former PM. For those in the know, diplomatic protocol can make a big difference in a foreign country.
The Kenyan government on the other hand, despite Hon Raila telephoning President Uhuru and informing him the background and the meaning of the tour, has shown no interest and the Kenyan Ambassador Jean Njeri Kamau has shown no interest whatsoever in the fact that a former prime minister of Kenya is in USA invited in that official capacity.
The Kenya government refuses to accept that the Prime Minister’s tour is an honour to Kenya and can work to improve Kenya’s battered image abroad as well as spur American tourism and other forms of trade into Kenya.