Uhuru Receives Special Gift From UK Prime Minister

A model car from the 1962 East African Safari Rally, gifted to President Uhuru Kenyatta by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has been gifted a rare classic model car by the United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

    The president received the gift during his 3-day travel to the UK where he struck several deals with the UK government, including the acquisition of Covid-19 vaccines.

    The original car participated in the 1962 East African Safari Rally. It was driven by Wisdom-Riley Ann and her co-driver Moss-Carlsson Pat from Great Britain, who finished third in the rally that was dominated by Kenyans.

    A model car from the 1962 East African Safari Rally, gifted to President Uhuru Kenyatta by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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    The bromance between Uhuru and Boris was displayed in their interaction at the backyard of the Chequers, the Prime Minister’s official country residence in Buckinghamshire. 

    The president has in the recent past received several gifts from heads of states – with the most memorable being one from Tanzania’s President John Magufuli in 2019. 

    The late Magufuli gifted President Kenyatta peacocks which were delivered through Tanzania’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Pindi Hazara Chana. 

    Uhuru at the time expressed his deep gratitude and appreciation to President Mugufuli, saying the peacocks signified the values of love, unity, and brotherhood, between Magufuli and himself.

    The Kenyan president is himself known to be a generous giver, in the spirit of maintaining good rapport and friendships with other state heads.

    Uhuru gifted Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye 50 cows in May this year, during Evariste’s state visit ahead of the Madaraka Day celebrations on June 1.

    President Kenyatta’s visit to the UK in the last week is viewed to have been very successful, having secured several deals with the British government.

    Tanzania's President John Magufuli (left) with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi in 2016.
    Tanzania’s President John Magufuli (left) with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi in 2016.
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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM