Britain forced President Uhuru Kenyatta and his delegates to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing before meeting royal in the UK.
England defended the move, stating that it was adamant about protecting its Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and royal family members who would interact with Uhuru and his entourage.
Uhuru is set to jet out of the country for the UK on Tuesday.
Kenya is still in UK’s Red List Alert. Kenyans remain banned from traveling into the country owing to Covid-19 transmissions.
However, Uhuru and his entourage will be exempted from quarantine.
“The whole delegation took Covid tests and were exempted from quarantine,” an official working with the UK government told Business Daily.
The Kenyan President will be on a three-day tour to the UK, where he will co-chair the Global Education Summit alongside PM Johnson.
The event is expected to raise over Ksh500 billion (USD5 billion) to improve access to education worldwide.
He will also announce multi-million deals in line with his Big 4 Agenda.
He will then grace an event at West London’s Kew Gardens to celebrate the Kenya-UK Year of Climate Action and Kenya’s leadership on climate change in Africa ahead of COP26.
Uhuru, in March 2021, got the Astrazeneca vaccine shot March 2021 at State House Nairobi and urged Kenyans to follow suit and curb the spread of the virus.
He also ordered the Cabinet and other government officials to be vaccinated.
“Some Kenyans have formed certain theories about vaccination and its effects. Although vaccination is free-of-charge and no one will be forced to get it, some education about it is crucial,” Uhuru stated.