U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who is on a week-long trip to Africa has already arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Mr Biden who is expected in Nairobi later on Monday evening, was due to hold a meeting with President Hosni Mubarak to discuss a full range of bilateral and regional issues. Security officials in Nairobi were on a high alert ahead of Biden’s visit.
Mr Biden who is America’s top most official to visit Kenya since President Barrack Obama took over power is expected to arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 7 pm, according to the American Embassy. He will be accompanied in Kenya by his wife Dr Jill Biden and other senior officials from Washington.
Ahead of the visit by the second-most powerful figure in the US, elaborate security measures have been put in place. Five special vehicles, sniffer dogs, special gun detectors, special bulletproof vests, and other gadgets are among equipment shipped in from the US ahead of Biden’s arrival. Mr Biden will be in the country for two days as part of a three-nation visit, which includes attending the opening ceremony of the Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Friday and he is expected to deliver a special message from Mr Obama on reforms and the constitution review.
US Vice-President is also expected to meet President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende, and members of the Parliamentary Caucus on Reforms together with the chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on reforms. Other top-ranking US officials who have visited Kenya include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson. Mr Obama snubbed Kenya during an African tour, visiting Egypt and Ghana instead.
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