Jan 25, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Why MP Oscar Sudi, Briton and ex-Tanzania minister caused airport drama

According to reports, Mr Sudi created a scene by insisting on using the VIP lounge without inspecting his bags and those of British businessman Michael Spencer and former Tanzanian Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism Lazaro Nyalandu / p>

The three of them had arrived from Eldoret at Wilson Airport at 11 a.m. on board a plane with the registration 5Y-SRI from East African Air Charters, according to a passenger manifest received from the nation.

The last time Mr Sudi had a similar riot at the airport was in August last year when Turkish businessman Harun Aydin was arrested and deported. Mr Aydin, who was traveling from Uganda at the time, was part of the entourage of Vice President William Ruto who was supposed to fly to Entebbe a few days earlier just to prevent the DP from boarding their plane at Wilson.

Senior security officials said at the time that Dr. Ruto failed to obtain the President’s travel authorization required by the protocol.

Apply for asylum

In the latest saga it is still not known what the two foreigners accompanied by Mr. Sudi made.

Mr Nyalandu, who was Minister during Jakaya Kikwete’s government, was prevented from entering Kenya by the Tanzanian government in November 2020 on suspicion that he applied for asylum.

Mr Spencer is a British finance broker, politician and investor with extensive business interests in the hospitality, aviation, deep sea fishing and horse breeding sectors.

The three had left Eldoret at 10 a.m. for Nairobi on board a Pilatus PC-12 -Private jets owned by Sirai Air but operated by East African Air Charters (EAAC).

The plane had flown from Nairobi to Eldoret on Tuesday afternoon and, according to the company that owns it, around 4pm: 00 a.m. at the airport Arrived.

“Checking in at Eldoret International – a big, beautiful and empty airport,” wrote the EAAC on their social media pages.

Airport guidelines

Mr. Sudi held a press conference in the city of Eldoret along with The Governor of Uasin Gishu, Jackson Mandago, at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. The two politicians, who recently clashed, not only allied themselves, but also gathered their supporters to take part in Dr. Ruto to participate.

“As a cosmopolitan country and also William Ruto’s homeland, we advocate peaceful campaigns for the future of the UDA party primaries (United Democratic Alliance) and this year’s general election,” said the MP. He then boarded the plane to Nairobi.

In Nairobi, however, Mr. Sudi reportedly refused to follow airport guidelines, which insisted that his entourage pass through the VIP lounge instead of the domestic arrivals area like others use passengers.

Officials at the airport stood firm but the MP persisted, resulting in a stalemate that lasted dozens of minutes. Those in the know say Mr Sudi finally agreed to go through the normal arrival and review procedures after discovering he was late for the National Assembly Special Session on the Political Parties Bill (Amendment).

Mr. Sudi, who had several disputes with the law, has two cases pending before the court. He was arrested in 2020 for engaging in hate speech and abusive behavior after insulting first family. He is also charged with falsifying scientific papers.

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