Kenya: Kibaki Heads to South Africa & misses Budget in the process

NAIROBI -President Kibaki has left the country to attend the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and will miss the Budget Speech.

It will be the first time in Kenya history that a sitting president has missed the presentation of the Budget in Parliament.


The President left minutes after chairing a special Cabinet meeting at State House, Nairobi Thursday where Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta briefed the Cabinet on some of the key highlights of his speech.

Mr Kenyatta will read a Sh997 billion Budget, the largest in Kenya’s history, in Parliament later Thursday.

Bring world to Africa.  “The hosting of the World Cup for the first time in Africa is a

historic moment. The government and people of Kenya wish to congratulate the government and people of South Africa for hosting this event that brings the global community together every four years.

“We share in your joy and wish you every success as you bring the world to Africa,” said President Kibaki.

President Kibaki also wished Kenyans an enjoyable World Cup period. “Over this period when many of you will be following the events in South Africa, let us also as a nation reflect on what steps we must take to move Kenyan football to the global stage.”

The President is expected back in the country on June, 12, a day after the tournament starts.