Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu is in Kenya for a two-day State visit at the invitation of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Suluhu landed at the JKIA airport on Tuesday morning and was expected to use the Mombasa Road then join Uhuru Highway on her way to State House but the same was changed.
She instead left the airport, joined the Southern Bypass went straight to Lang’ata, then joined Mbagathi Way, Valley Road, and later headed to State House.
Reports indicate that her travel path was changed due to the heavy express way construction taking place along Mombasa Road.
The construction has interfered with the size of the highway, therefore creating a huge traffic jam for those using the road. This means that clearing the road could have taken quite some time, and would have also affected thousands of Kenyans who use it on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, President Suluhu is currently at State House, Nairobi where she is expected to have talks with President Kenyatta on areas of interest between Kenya and Tanzania.
Wednesday will be the climax of her visit. She’ll address a joint sitting of Parliament and Senate.
Pundits have opined that President Suluhu’s visit offers an opportunity to streamline the relationship between Kenya and Tanzania which has been bitter-sweet in the past few years.
This is President Suluhu’s second international trip after she took over office from late President John Pombe Magufuli.
Her first official visit as Tanzania’s President was a few weeks ago when she toured Uganda at the invite of President Yoweri Museveni.