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Kenyatta bids Barbados goodbye

RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

Kenyatta bids Barbados goodbye

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President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, left Barbados yesterday evening in fine style, just as he had arrived on Wednesday.

In a short farewell ceremony, Kenyatta and his wife, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, boarded their jet at the Grantley Adams International Airport, shortly before 6 p.m.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Deputy Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce and Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), Colonel Glyne Grannum, escorted the Kenyan Head of State to the dais for the final salute from the parade made up of personnel from the BDF and the Royal Barbados Police Force band.

Waiting to bid Kenyatta and the First Lady farewell were other officials including Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr Jerome Walcott and Minister of Broadcasting and Public Affairs Senator Lucille Moe.

Kenyatta had made Barbados his final stop of a six-day visit to the Caribbean where he had previously visited Jamaica for three days.

During his visit here he held meetings with Mottley and other heads of Government to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries and to explore areas of mutual cooperation, engaged in a symbolic tree-planting ceremony at the National Botanical Gardens, pledged his support for two acres of land at the International Botanical Gardens and conducted a meeting with chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister of St Lucia Allen Chastanet and other Caribbean government officials before his departure.(RA)