President Kenyatta is set to take a one-month sabbatical after this year’s Jamhuri Day celebrations on December 12th.
This was revealed through a notice by the Foreign Affairs Ministry to all Heads of Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations.
Kenyatta will be unavailable for any public engagements or phone calls during the entire period unless they are emergencies.
“The ministry has the honor to inform you that H.E the President will not be available for any official/public engagements including phone calls unless they are emergencies,” reads the circular.
In case of an emergency, the request to the President should be made via Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary or his designated representative.
“The ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Kenya avails itself of this opportunity to renew to all Heads of Diplomatic Missions, the United Nations Agencies and the International Organizations in Nairobi, the assurance of its highest consideration,” the circular added.
Kenyatta will resume work on January 16th, 2021.
The Ministry described 2020 as a challenging year with the Covid-19 pandemic necessitating virtual engagements, thus increasing the workload and making it more complex.
The ministry further hailed Kenya’s missions abroad for having pulled through despite the current challenges.