“Kenya at 50” Marked Secretly at Ambassador Sang’s Residence With Diplomats
“As the Kenya at 50” scandal in Stockholm continued to dominate headlines at KSB, the blog site has established that the event was celebrated secretly yesterday, 12th December at the luxurious Ambassador Dr. Joseph Sang’s residence in Nacka with members of Stockholm’s diplomatic community being the only invited guests. The celebration was kept so secret that even some junior staff at the Kenyan Embassy did not know about it.
According to a KSB source, the celebration was kept secret because the intention was to give members of the diplomatic community “the special treatment they deserve” before Kenyan odiangabuks are herded into a ghetto venue in Husby to be given “the Kenyan treatment”.
The secrecy of the celebration could explain why Ambassador Sang went underground on Monday in order to avoid questions about “Kenya at 50”. Although Kenya-Stockholm was already awash with rumours that the Embassy had planned two separate events with diplomats getting “special treatment” on the main day of December 12, those who were spreading the rumours had it that the “special treatment” would take place at a Five Star hotel.
Efforts to get Dr. Sang or any Embassy official on the phone were fruitless as both the Ambassador and his deputy remained permanently out of office since Monday. The Ambassador’s Secretary refused to divulge any information either, saying that she was not in a position to do so.
News that the Ambassador gave diplomats priority by according them the opportunity to celebrate Jamhuri on the main day of 12 December and giving them special treatment at his residence and at the expense of Kenyans in Stockholm will, no doubt, add salt to a festering wound and confirm (in the eyes of Kenyans) that the new Ambassador Dr. Joseph Sang is fake.
According to a KISS agent who was monitoring events, the residence was “packed to capacity” with several smartly dressed diplomats who arrived in style, donning a variety of expensive suits and other top model fashion attires and accessories purchased from designer shops.
In the past, when Jamhuri was celebrated at Hotels in Stockholm’s CBD, diplomats used to mingle with Kenyans freely as drinks flowed liberally down the throats of revellers and classic food stuffs served “round the clock” on clean white plates. Many Kenyans will remember the beautiful, blond haired, blue eyed white waiters clad in short blue skirts crisscrossing the floor picking tonnes of empty plates as Kenyans went for more fills.
John Kamau, a Kenya-Stockholmer who spoke to KSB said that, “you got the feeling that Kenya had a functioning government” although the country was constantly being classified as a “failed state” by various International agencies. According to Kamau, “it was one of those rare occasions that I got the feeling that I was actually enjoying matunda ya Uhuru as some Kenyans starved back home”.
Sang Has More Regard for Diplomatic Friends
Although it is normal for diplomatic staff to be given special treatment by various embassies during national celebrations, the fundamental problem with Sang’s strategy is that he has tended to prioritize the diplomatic community while at the same time treating Kenyans in Stockholm as toilet paper who will be flashed in the toilets of Husby Träff.
Under normal circumstances, and if the diplomats had to be feted, Dr. Sang could have earned a lot of kudos from Wananchi if he had taken care of his diplomatic friends on 11th December to spare December 12th exclusively for Kenyans. By advancing a reception to the diplomats on the main day and pushing the Kenyan celebration to a day that has nothing to do with Jamhuri, Ambassador Dr. Sang could be accused of high Treason. The best compromise solution could have been to follow tradition by mixing the diplomats with Kenyans.
On the question of the venue, there is no comparison between Husby Träff (where Kenyans have been invited long after the main event) and the Ambassador’s residence in Nacka. By availing his residence for use by diplomats and pushing Kenyans to the ghettoes of Husby, Ambassador Sang has confirmed that he has more regard for his diplomatic friends than Wakenya.
The fact that the diplomats were separated from Kenyans with the sole purpose of giving them better treatment will, no doubt, kill any remaining sympathies for Sang unless he has some secret magic works he intends to employ to repair the damage. Worse still, giving the diplomats secret preferential treatment should send the signal that the Ambassador is ready to do anything to please his work-mates at the expense of Kenyans.
With this latest news, it is now possible to understand why the Ambassador has been hiding in a bunker at his residence in Nacka where he has been shielding himself from tough questions from Wakenya in Stockholm. KSB remains in hot pursuit of the Ambassador because the storo is of “great national importance” especially in the Republic of Kenya-Stockholm.