Statement by Amb. Monica Juma, DPHIL, CBS, Principal Secretary on the Occasion of a ‘Coupe de Champagne’, January 21, 2016, Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

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Eng. Karanja Kibicho, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government
Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Representatives of International Organisations here present
Colleagues from the Ministry
Distinguished guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

Good evening,
I am delighted to join you this evening for this first, of what I believe will be many engagements with Members of the Diplomatic Corps. Tonight, I join my old friends and new colleagues in my new capacity as the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
On 12th of January 2016, I formally took over the portfolio of Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Dr. Karanja Kibicho. Even before this official handing over ceremony, I had already received notes of compliments from many of you, who wished me a successful tenure as Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and for this, I wish to thank you. It is my desire to build on his successes, forge and strengthen the relations between our countries, and international organisations accredited to Kenya.

Before I commenced operations, I desired an interaction with the entire Diplomatic Corps. I thank my colleagues at the Ministry for making this happen, and take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking their time off their schedules to join me, in this coup de champagne event tonight.

Colleagues and Dear Friends
This evening is clouded by the tragic event that occurred in Elade Somalia, last Friday. A Kenya Defence Forces contingent of AMISOM came under an attack that was unprecedented since our forces joined AMISOM in 2012. After a raging battle, lasting hours, our nation is grappling with grief. We have received many messages of condolesces from across the world and I wish to thank everyone that has condoled with us.

May I request all of us to observe a minute of silence to commemorate our fallen heroes… Thank you.

Most fundamentally, Ladies and Gentlemen Elade reminds us the context of our world today and the challenge we must confront. The challenge we must overcome if we are to preserve the values of democracy, open societies and choice, which are engrained in our constitution and many others across the world. As you are aware, since the Elade attack, the world has been shocked by attacks with similar hallmarks in ougoudougou, in Islamabad, and Jakarta. It cannot be that terrorist attacks become the norm rather than the exception.

As reaffirmed by His Excellency President Uhuru, Kenya will continue to play its role in the fight against the Terrorism and other Transnational Crimes. The gruesome and criminal act of Elade will not bow Kenya. We will remain engaged in the fight against Al- Shabab and their affiliates in Somalia until they are eradicated. In this regard, we continue to call upon the entire international community to focus attention on the changing character of terrorist networks. It is crucial that the successes of AMISOM thus far are not rolled back and that AMISOM is bolstered to annihilate the Al Shabaab terrorist group and its networks.

We are also convinced that if Somali is to become stable and prosperous, military efforts must be matched by initiatives that consolidate peace and governance. Concrete support for human security and livelihoods needs focused attention from us all. The pledges for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Somalia must translate into tangible support; the rebuilding of structures of governance and ongoing repatriation must be fast-tracked. Furthermore, the international community must bolster the capacity of Somalia to secure itself and sustain safe neighbourliness.

In addition to Somalia, Kenya will continue to play an active role in the peace efforts in Burundi and South Sudan. We look to your continued support in seeking lasting peace in these sisterly countries.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
I take the mantle of Foreign Affairs at a time of many diplomatic highs. In this regard, do receive my most sincere gratitude for your participation in the success of the just-concluded WTO Ministerial Conference. It is my sincere hope that we will all work towards actualizing the promises of the Nairobi Package.

The WTO meeting capped what was an exceptional year for Kenya and the region. In 2015, we hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and a number of global leaders including the President of the United States, President of Liberia, Prime Minister of Italy and Pope Francis, among others. We also hosted many high level investment delegations and persons of interest. The profile of our country sowed with each of these significant events. Confidence about Kenya in the country, region and internationally grew as we repeatedly demonstrated ability to secure, organise and manage these events. This has translated into the steady restoration of our tourist industry and improvement in the confidence about Kenya as a favourable investment destination.

Every success realized last year is majorly attributed to your support and the trust you have in the ability of Kenyans. It is my hope that this solidarity and confidence will be extended into the future. 2016 comes with a number of new opportunities. We shall be hosting a number of global events in Nairobi, including the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14), and TCAD VI, among others. I look forward to working with each and every one of you to once again, deliver successful outcomes.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
We shall also be following closely on the issue of international jurisdiction in general and the International Criminal Court, in particular. As you are all aware, this matter is core to this administration. It is my expectation that we shall see positive progress and the conclusion to a matter that has been more than vexing for Kenya.

As we move towards our next general election, I would be remiss not to make a comment to this assembly on this significant event. Like all previous elections, and everywhere in the world, we expect to see heightened political activities in the period preceding the election. In fact, excitement is already beginning to build up and speculation has started in earnest in some quarters. While it is part of your duty to engage all actors in the country, I hope we are carrying lessons of history and an acknowledgment of the significant achievements made in our nation in the democratization process. Fundamentally, the decision on the social contract in terms of who our leaders will be rests primarily with our citizens, the Kenyans. It is crucial that the our people are given the space to exercise what is their basic right – without overtures that would at best be deemed paternalistic. In this regard, I call upon each of us to adhere to the established diplomatic etiquette during this period.

Ladies and Gentlemen
In terms of modalities of work, I wish to indicate my availability to engage with each and every one of you, individually or as groups on any matter of concern. It is my hope that we shall evolve a structured way of engagement.

As is the norm in every country, it is important that the Government remains the reference point of your engagement and I wish to assure you that we are happy and ready to assist. In this regard, I wish to draw your attention to the Heads of Division. We have placed experienced and seasoned diplomats to head the various divisions and directorates at the Ministry. These are your focal points and I kindly urge each one of you to make use of them; to interact with them in order to clarify issues; raise your concerns; or seek any information on matters of mutual interest.
· On African Issues – Amb. Purity Muhindi
· America – Ms. Lucy Kiruthu
· Asia and Australasia – Amb. Christopher Chika
· Protocol – Ms. Tabu Irina
· Diaspora and Consular Matters – Amb. Ben Ogutu
· East African Affairs – Amb. Ruth Solitei
· Europe – Amb. Josephine Awuor
· Foreign Service Institute – Amb. Simon Nabukwesi
· Great Lakes Region – Amb. Z. Muburi Muita
· Legal and Host Country – Ms. Stella Munyi
· Liaison, Parliamentary and County Affairs – Amb. E. Barine
· Multilateral – Amb. Anthony Andanje
· Middle East – Mr. Salim M. Salim
· Peace and Security Directorate – Dr. Mohamed Guyo
In addition to these senior officers, is the Political and Diplomatic Secretary, Amb Tom Amollo, another of our seasoned diplomats, to engage with you. I have no doubt that if we engaged constantly we shall be able to achieve more.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
I eagerly anticipate a close working relationship with all of the other Excellencies, as well as the distinguished personages gathered here from the various organizations based in Nairobi.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is not an occasion for long speeches. I now want to invite you to please partake generously of this fare before you. In sampling the delights presented to us may I propose a toast:
• To the outgoing Principal Secretary and current Principal Secretary of Interior, Eng Karanja Kibicho
• To strengthened, warm and cooperative relations with all the countries represented in Nairobi: cheers!
• To the health of His Excellency the President: Cheers.
Thank you for your attention and welcome to enjoy the rest of the evening’s proceedings!

Amb. Monica Juma
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY/MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

BELGIUM WATER PROJECTS FOR COUNTIES AFFIRMED

IMG_3953Amb. Johnson Weru, Kenya’s ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg yesterday paid a courtesy call on CMI Balteau BV in Sprimont, Belgium. Accompanied by Mr Patrick Nzusi – Counsellor at the Mission, they were received by Vincent Pissart, CEO of the company and other senior officials.

CMI Balteau in December 2015 sighed a €12million (Kshs 150 million) project for drilling underground water in Kajiado County. The project will sink over 50 boreholes, construct water tanks; and consumption points for local people and their animals.

CMI Balteau BV will undertake three other major water projects in Kenya worth over €100 million (Kshs 1 billion) in three counties as follows: Vihiga (rehabilitation and expansion of water production sites of Maseno, Mbale, Kaimosi); Home Bay (Ndhiwa and Rapodi) and Kisii/Nyamira water supply.

PS Recieves Equipment Support from IOM

DSC_8925 (1)Principal Secretary Amb. Monica Juma today received ICT equipment donation worth USD $10,000 from International Organization for Migration (IOM) that will be used by Diaspora Directorate.

The support which also extends to African Institute for Remittances (AIR), is aimed at strengthening partnership in order to enable Africa to meet the remittance needs of its Diaspora.

“The Ministry recognises IOM as an integral partner in many key areas that we are involved in, particularly those involving the Kenyan Diaspora,” said the PS.

She said the donation represents a further step towards deepening collaboration, especially in regard to the continental African Institute for Remittances.

The donation by IOM was made by Mr. Michael Pillinger, who said he was happy to work with the PS whom he noted, his organization had worked with on various projects in her former workstation.
PS thanked IOM for fully supporting the diaspora policy formulation process and continued assistance in building the institutional capacity of the Ministry in the management of labour migration and Diaspora issues.

IOM has been at the forefront in provision of assistance to the Ministry especially when faced with an urgent need to evacuate nationals as was the case in Libya, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Yemen, Angola, South Sudan    and Jordan.

IOM has also been involved in supporting the programme on technical assistance under the ACPE-EU Migration Action Plan which involves deployment of a remittance expert in the preparation of a digital booklet on remittances for use by both senders and recipients.

Present during the function were Political and Diplomatic Secretary Amb. Tom Amolo and Secretary Foreign Service Administration Amb. David Mutemi.

 

PS Receives Equipment Support from IOM

DSC_8925 (1)Principal Secretary Amb. Monica Juma today received ICT equipment donation worth USD $10,000 from International Organization
for Migration (IOM) that will be used by Diaspora Directorate.

The support which also extends to African Institute for Remittances (AIR), is aimed at strengthening partnership in order to enable Africa to meet the remittance needs of its Diaspora.

“The Ministry recognises IOM as an integral partner in many key areas that we are involved in, particularly those involving the Kenyan Diaspora,” said the PS.

She said the donation represents a further step towards deepening collaboration, especially in regard to the continental African Institute for Remittances.

The donation by IOM was made by Mr. Michael Pillinger, who said he was happy to work with the PS whom he noted, his organization had worked with on various projects in her former workstation.
PS thanked IOM for fully supporting the diaspora policy formulation process and continued assistance in building the institutional capacity of the Ministry in the management of labour migration and Diaspora issues.

IOM has been at the forefront in provision of assistance to the Ministry especially when faced with an urgent need to evacuate nationals as was the case in Libya, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Yemen, Angola, South Sudan    and Jordan.

IOM has also been involved in supporting the programme on technical assistance under the ACPE-EU Migration Action Plan which involves deployment of a remittance expert in the preparation of a digital booklet on remittances for use by both senders and recipients.