Ambassador Joseph Sang Should Answer Key Questions About Kenya at 50 Celebrations
Today, at around 14.30, I called Ambassador Dr. Joseph Sang at the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm to obtain details about the planned Jamhuri celebrations. Since he was posted to Stockholm, Ambassador Sang has shown more openness than his predecessor Wakiuri while Sang has also shown a willingness to discuss issues openly.
I called the Embassy to establish from the Ambassador certain points regarding the Friday celebration. Specifically, I wanted to know the official budget of Jamhuri to try and evaluate whether the best venue for the 50th Independence celebrations within the framework of this budget is a secluded hall in the ghetto suburbs of Stockholm city.
After being kept waiting for five minutes, the receptionist said that the Ambassador was “out of Office”. His Deputy was also “out of Office” so I was transferred to the Secretary who confirmed the absence of her bosses but promised that the Ambassador would call me as he was scheduled to return to office. What I needed to do was to leave my number which I did. She was very kind and appreciated the fact that I had called. At the time of going to blog, the Ambassador had not called while his Secretary has not bothered to give an update.
I was calling on an important issue touching on the 50th anniversary in a bid to get information that could clear several questions which have emerged since the Embassy invited members of the public to the event. For now, I will rest my case hoping that our good Ambassador will call tomorrow. This is because going underground will not be in his interest especially at a time when critical issues are being raised about a historic event whose planning appears shoddy.
In the United States, the celebrations will take place at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel VA so why should Wakenya be led to Kariobangi in Stockholm? Is there a difference in budget allocations that enables Embassies in other countries to host the event at Five Star Hotels while in Stockholm, the budget is thinned down, only leaving the possibility of Kariobangi-Stockholm City Hall as venue? How comes that for more than 20 years, Jamhuri has been celebrated at Stockholm venues befitting a national event but at the biggest celebration ever, the venue status is lowered to unacceptable levels? Surely, there must be answers from the Kenyan Embassy.