DP Ruto Witnesses Signing of Kshs 700m Grant to Energy Sector

The Government’s programme to provide cheap electricity to all citizens is on course. This has further been enhanced by the grants to the energy sector from the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), whose portfolio in Kenya is about to become the largest in our sub-region.

Deputy President William Ruto yesterday witnessed the signing of Kshs 700 million agreements between companies from Kenya and USTDA in New York.

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Kenya Makes Inroads into Mali

Kenya has increased its presence in western Africa with appointment of Ambassador Moi Lemoshira as Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extra-Ordinary of Kenya to the Republic of Mali with residence in Algiers, Algeria.

Amb. Lemoshira presented his Letters of Credence to H.E. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of Mali a fortnight ago during the ceremony held at the President Residence in Bamako, Mali.

President Keita congratulated Amb. Lemoshira for his appointment which he said marks a new chapter in Kenya and Mali relations. He appreciated the close and fraternal ties that exist between the government and the people of the two countries.

President Keita commended Kenya for providing leadership on continental affairs and congratulated Kenya for the highly successful TICADVI conference which he said has proven Africa can deliver on events of such international significance.

The Malian leader observed that Kenya has achieved political transformation in which democracy continues to grow and the role the government plays in supporting people’s participation in development.

During the occasion, Amb. Lemoshira presented to the Malian President a message of goodwill and best wishes from President Uhuru Kenyatta. In the message President Kenyatta reaffirmed Kenya’s support for the efforts to bring political, security and socio-economic progress to the people of Mali.

“Kenya stands with the brotherly people of Mali in the quest for peace and stability which is a prerequisite for sustainable development,” said President Kenyatta.

Amb. Lemoshira, who adds the new country to Algeria based on multiple accreditation, expressed satisfaction that the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries have identified several priority areas top of which is the implementation of the signed bilateral arrangements of 2009 aimed at strengthening Government to Government Cooperation.

Kenya and Mali have agreed to hold the debut Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) to discuss and set a comprehensive framework across various areas of common interests.

Kenya has continued to strengthen its diplomatic representation in Africa in pursuit of the objectives of its Afro-centric Foreign Policy. In addition to economic and trade ties, there are many Kenyans working with the United Nations agencies including the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

The Kenyan entrepreneurial spirit has already taken root in Mali with the establishment of Orange Mobile Money operated by Kenyan company. While in Bamako Amb. Lemoshira held consultations with Kenyans in Mali led by Mr. Michael Mulinge Kitivi, Director of MUNISMA’s Mission Support Office.

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Moroccan Ambassador to Kenya Concludes Tour of Duty

The Kingdom of Morocco Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Abdelillah Benryane has concluded his long and illustrious tour of duty in Kenya.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Political and Diplomatic Affairs Secretary Amb. Tom Amollo during a farewell luncheon held in honour of the envoy at Intercontinental Hotel on 14th September 2016, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Amina Mohamed commended the envoy for energetically promoting bilateral relations, strategic cooperation and mutual respect between Kenya and Morocco.

“Kenya and Morocco have partnership in political, security, trade, culture and counter-terrorism,” CS Amina said, adding that the two governments are currently cooperating in the enhanced electrification access through the extension of the Giriftu-Wajir rural electrification project and the Kenyans studying in Moroccan universities.

Amb. Benryane, who will be taking ambassadorial assignment in the United Republic of Tanzania said some of the accomplishments achieved during his tenure include launch of direct flights between Casablanca and Nairobi by Royal Air Maroc, support of health sector through the 1st Lady’s Beyond Zero Campaigns and plans to open a resident diplomatic mission in Rabat.

Amb. Amollo thanked the diplomat for his excellent service in Kenya and wished him success in his new assignment.

 

PS Monica Juma Inaugurates Kenya Havana Mission, Cuba

On Friday September 16, 2016  Principal Secretary Amb. Monica Juma inaugurated the Kenya Embassy in Havana Cuba.

This is the second Kenyan Embassy in Latin America and the first in the Caribbean. The decision to open the Embassy in Cuba is informed by the shared collaboration interests under the South – South Cooperation which provides for exchange of ideas, technology, trade & investments; the fight against organized transnational crimes, radicalism and extremism among others.

Since establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries in 2001 when Cuba opened a resident mission in Nairobi,  43 Kenyan students have benefited from Cuban government scholarship for studies in various fields including medicine, agriculture and engineering.

Kenya looks forward for more of these benefits in the area of training of doctors, exchange of experiences especially in medical and veterinary sciences. Cubans are keen on establishing pharmaceutical research and manufacturing facilities in Kenya. In particularly they are keen on collaborating with Kenya on Malaria research in western Kenya and vector control.

It is important to note that Cuba has made advances in research, pharmaceutical development and treatment of cancer and diabetes with a more than 90% treatment efficacy.

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Somalia lifts ban on Miraa Trade with Kenya

The Federal Republic of Somalia has lifted the ban imposed on miraa export from Kenya with immediate effect. The agreement was reached between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Somalia counterpart President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed during a bilateral held on the sideline of the 28th IGAD Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Somali’s capital Mogadishu on 13th September 2016.
In a joint communique delivered by Amb Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foregn Affairs at the end of the talks, the two Heads of State also agreed to promote trade between their two countries and remove all restrictive measures that hinder bilateral trade. The leaders agreed to enhance financial services between the two countries by encouraging the establishment of a Kenya Commercial Bank branch in Mogadishu.


Kenya and Somalia will soon hold a Joint Commission on Cooperation JCC meeting to negotiate a visa regime between the two countries.

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President Condoles with Tanzania

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 12 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday spoke on telephone with his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli to offer his support following a devastating earthquake in Bukoba District, in North Western Tanzania.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said in a statement President Kenyatta condoled with the country following the loss of lives, injuries and destruction of property resulting from the earthquake that affected the region over the weekend.

“I have learnt with deep sorrow and regret the loss of 16 precious lives, injury to hundreds of our Tanzanian brothers and sisters, as well massive destruction of property and livelihoods following the devastating earthquake,” he said.

The Head of State said Kenya will send a donation of 4,000 iron sheets, 400 blankets and 100 mattresses that will be airlifted by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) on Tuesday to assist those affected by the disaster in Tanzania.

President Kenyatta wished those injured quick recovery and prayed to God to comfort the bereaved families.

He added: “On behalf of the government and the people of Kenya, and on my own behalf, I extend heartfelt condolences and sympathies to your Excellency, the government and people of Tanzania, and particularly to the grieving families.”

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck early on Sunday close to the border with Uganda and Rwanda near Lake Victoria.

Tremors were felt in parts of Western Kenya.

Uhuru Calls Magufuli, Pledges Help After Earthquake

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 12 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday spoke on telephone with his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli to offer his support following a devastating earthquake in Bukoba District, in North Western Tanzania.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said in a statement President Kenyatta condoled with the country following the loss of lives, injuries and destruction of property resulting from the earthquake that affected the region over the weekend.

“I have learnt with deep sorrow and regret the loss of 16 precious lives, injury to hundreds of our Tanzanian brothers and sisters, as well massive destruction of property and livelihoods following the devastating earthquake,” he said.

The Head of State said Kenya will send a donation of 4,000 iron sheets, 400 blankets and 100 mattresses that will be airlifted by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) on Tuesday to assist those affected by the disaster in Tanzania.

President Kenyatta wished those injured quick recovery and prayed to God to comfort the bereaved families.

He added: “On behalf of the government and the people of Kenya, and on my own behalf, I extend heartfelt condolences and sympathies to your Excellency, the government and people of Tanzania, and particularly to the grieving families.”

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck early on Sunday close to the border with Uganda and Rwanda near Lake Victoria.

Tremors were felt in parts of Western Kenya.

French Ambassador to Kenya Ends Successful Tour of Duty

The French Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Mr. Remi Marechaux’s three-year successful tour of duty in Nairobi has come to an end.

While bidding farewell to the outgoing Ambassador on Friday September 6, 2016, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. (Dr) Amina Mohamed congratulated the envoy for the achievements made in three years of promoting and strengthening the friendship and cooperation between Kenya and France.

“Kenya and France have had excellent collaboration in areas like water, education, energy, cultural cooperation and infrastructure.” CS Amina said.

Amb. Marechaux highlighted Kenya’s unique confidence in the future, noting efforts made by government and partners in the areas of education had resulted optimistic and hopeful youth. He noted that the number of Kenyans students studying in France has increased by 57 per cent in the last two years.

He also pointed out an increased number of French companies in Kenya, creating partnerships with their counterparts as well as enhanced bilateral trade that has benefited from Kenya’s dynamic and vibrant Private Sector.

Present in the meeting was Deputy Head of Mission Ms. Kim Ramoneda, Ag. Director Europe & Commonwealth, Beatrice Karago and Desk Officer Ms Dolphine Ndeda.

President Kenyatta Launches Strategy on Countering Violent Extremism

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‘I am happy to launch the National Strategy to Counter Violent Extremism. This is an articulation of our country’s prevention efforts against terrorism and violent extremism.

Throughout the world, violent extremists are on the march. Their fanatical ideologies and savage violence threatens democracy, constitutional rule, and economic development. They reject a social and political fabric anchored in the principles of pluralism, equality, respect for the rights of women, and freedom of religion.

In their quest to change the course of humanity, they have committed unspeakable atrocities, murdering tens of thousands of innocent people on every continent, imposing a state of terror on populations within their control, and even re-instituting the evil practice of enslavement in the twenty-first century.

The world’s security agencies, multilateral institutions, and the overwhelming bulk of civil society stand against them. In every continent, armies and police forces are fighting them.

Yet, as important as the conventional means of security are in protecting citizens and states, they are insufficient to fight a war not only against the wanton destruction of innocent lives and property, but also against the insidious spread of an ideology of evil.

In response, my administration has launched an unprecedented multi-agency security operation. Investments have been made in technology, skills, and innovating new approaches to countering terrorism.

This has resulted in a sharp increase in operational tempo, coordination and equipment aimed at detecting, deterring and disrupting the activities of terrorists.

We are adding prevention and counter radicalization to those more traditional security approaches. This national CVE strategy will rally all parts of government, communities, civil society, the private sector and international partners.

One of the crucial tasks being built on this strategy is the disengagement and rehabilitation of returning foreign terrorist fighters who completely disavow the use of violence and any adherence to the ideology and aims of terrorist groups. I wish here to commend Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaisserry for his pioneering role in prevention and returnee reintegration efforts. The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government will be a primary implementation vehicle for this strategy.

The focal point and coordinating point for the strategy in my office will be the National Counter Terrorism Centre. To ensure the proper synergies between its efforts and its regional and global counterparts, I am announcing Ambassador Martin Kimani, as Special Envoy for Countering Violent Extremism.

Together, in coordinated fashion, we must as a people drain the swamp of violent extremism and deny it room to radicalize Kenyans.

I am confident that this strategy is a critical step in protecting and advancing the liberty and prosperity of our people. Its lessons will be visible to all, and I look forward to their being shared with the region and the world as we look to build a just and peaceful international order.’

Thank you.