DFID Kenya head Pete Vowles attends his first state banquet

State House Turkish Banquet
State Banquet in honour of the Turkish President at State House. Photo: Twitter/PresidentKE

Head of Department For International Development (DFID), Pete Vowles, has attended his first Kenyan state banquet.

Last night’s event was hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, in honour of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and First Lady Emine Erdogan.

President Erdoğan arrived for his three-day state visit to Kenya yesterday (2 June), and after the national anthems of both countries were played, members of the defence forces fired 21 cannon shots. The Turkish President then inspected a guard of honour.

Along with the Kenyan President, other dignitaries who received Erdogan included First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Chief of Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe and cabinet secretaries.

Upon arrival at State House, the Turkish President signed the visitor’s book before joining Uhuru in his office for one-on-one talks before both presidents lead their delegations in bilateral talks.

Erdoğan then travelled to the United Nations Office in Gigiri, where he was received by the UNEP Executive director.

The Turkish leader also visited the mausoleum of Kenya’s first president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta where  he was received by Mwathethe and National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi before laying a wreath.

Later in the afternoon, Uhuru and Erdoğan took part in a Kenya-Turkey Business Forum at Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel later in the afternoon, before the state dinner.