Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Justice Minister Martha Karua at the 3rd National Integrity Review Conference at Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, yesterday.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga is expected to visit United Kingdom beginning this weekend in his maiden official visit to the British Empire since the formation of the Grand Coalition Government.
In what would normally constitute a presidential visit, the PM will be accompanied by a record six cabinet ministers, five from PNU and one from ODM plus at least fifteen senior government officials. The cabinet ministers are; Uhuru Kenyatta (Deputy PM & Minister for Trade- PNU), Kiraitu Murungi (Energy PNU), Mutula Kilonzo(Nairobi Metropolitan - PNU), John Michuki (Environment ag. Finance – PNU), Moses Wetangula (Foreign Affairs - PNU) and finally Najib Balala (Tourism – ODM).
The Kenya Embassy in London has yet to release an official programme and it is not known if the PM will make a stop at No. 10 Downing Street for a meeting with British PM Gordon Brown. The size and composition of the PM’s entourage suggests that a wide range issues will be on agenda of the Kenyans who recently launched the most ambitious development plan since independence dubbed Vision 2030. Britain is a former colonial master and has for a long time been Kenya’s leading trading partner amongst the G8 countries.
On Sunday, the PM is due for a BBC interview where it is expected he will answer to a wide variety of issues affecting Kenya and the African continent in general. Issues touching on governance like constitutional reforms and corruption are expected to feature while Zimbabwe will certainly be a subject of his interview.
PM Odinga has several public lectures lined up including one (already fully booked) lecture at The Royal Institute of International Affairs - Chatham House at St James's Square, where he is expected to talk about Leadership and Democracy in Africa on Tuesday 22 July 2008 at 13h30.
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The Kenya Embassy has organised a reception for Kenyans to be addressed by the PM later on the same day at the Great Cumberland Place's Ocean Room, Cumberland Hotel at 18h30.
Yesterday, the PM extended a public invitation to John Githongo to return to Kenya and it is unknown if the PM will be meeting the former Ethics and Governance Permanent Secretary, now living in self-imposed exile in the UK.