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Uhuru returns from Togo after Sonko had ‘laid claim’ to his seat

President Uhuru Kenyatta returned to the country on Sunday evening from Lome, Togo, where he attended the African Union Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security, Safety and Development.

The President returned two days after Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko had caused controversy by declaring himself acting president.

The Senator made the remarks during the funeral of former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti’s husband on Friday.

“President Uhuru is in Togo; Deputy President William Ruto is in France. I am number three in command, politically, influence-wise and socially. I am now the acting president of the Republic of Kenya,” he told mourners.

The senator has since said the footage aired on local television stations “is edited”.

At the Summit in Togo, the Heads of State and Government adopted the African Union Charter on Maritime Security and Safety and Development.

The Charter provides a framework for combating organised transnational crimes including piracy, terrorism, human trafficking and drug trafficking.

President Kenyatta also held bilateral talks with eight other African Heads of State and Government during which he drummed up support for the candidature of Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amb Amina Mohamed, for the position of African Union Chair.

The plane carrying the President landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 7.00 pm.