Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday left his delegates chuckling after he forgot former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s second name.
Mr Kenyatta was addressing the media with British Prime Minister Theresa May who is on an official visit to Africa, when a journalist asked him how he felt about British leaders not coming to Kenya for more than three decades.
“Last year if you recall the Foreign Secretary then, Boris…erm…Boris…Boris Johnson…the bicycle guy was here,” Uhuru said amid laughter in the crowd.
May could be seen smiling and there was more chuckling from May’s delegation that sat on the President’s right hand side.
The last time a British PM visited Kenya was Margaret Thatcher in 1988.
“Yes, it’s been 30 years plus. I don’t want to dwell on the past, but we are looking to the future and we welcome the PM today and I’m sure as we’ve discussed this is the first of hopefully many visits in the future,” Kenyatta said.
Johnson was used to cycling all the way around London when he served as the city’s mayor.