President Uhuru has said his father, Jomo Kenyatta was very close to Marcus Garvey the renowned Panafricanist. Both Jomo and Garvey were close and had a personal relationship. Jomo Kenyatta is one of the iconic figures in the Rastafarian religion and is always referred to as The Burning Spear. President Uhuru Kenyatta also sensationally claimed he has relatives from Jamaica. While jointly speaking with the host Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Michael, President Uhuru said the wife’s brother’s mother is from Jamaica.
“Prime Minister you asked whether there is a Jamaican diaspora in Kenya now that they are all over the world. I want to assure you that we have many of them,” he said.
“Infact, even my wife’s brother’s mother is a Jamaican. She however stays in Kenya. That’s how we closely relate with this country,” said
President Uhuru was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Ambassador Monica Juma and a host of other top state officials. Kenya and Jamaica have pledged to deepen bilateral and people-to-people ties for the benefit of the two countries.
The commitment came as President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is in Jamaica for a historic state visit, held bilateral talks with his host Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Monday afternoon.
The two leaders witnessed the signing of four agreements among them MoUs on technical cooperation in tourism and in the fields of sports, culture and heritage as well as a framework of cooperation between the two governments. Thy also signed an MoU on political consultations.
President Kenyatta also vouched for direct flights between the two countries, saying it will boost tourism and increase interactions between Kenyans and Jamaicans.
“Our national carrier now has scheduled direct flights from Nairobi to New York but we would like to see flights flying from the East Coast to the West Coast of Africa and directly to Jamaica, and through Jamaica to the rest of the Caribbean as a true way of deepening our partnership,” President Kenyatta said.