25 FOREIGN OFFICER TO BENEFIT FROM SPANISH COURSE

NAIROBI, Kenya 30th October 19…Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Amb. Macharia Kamau this morning inaugurated a Spanish Language training programme for officers in the Ministry at the Foreign Service Academy offices based at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

The two months course is sponsored by the Columbian Government in partnership with the Kenyan government. A total of 25 participants will be trained.

Speaking at the event, the Ambassador of Colombia to Kenya, H.E Elizabeth Taylir said that the language course is an important cultural bridge between the two countries and will greatly assist officers posted to Spanish speaking countries.
The Principal Secretary hailed the training that will help officers articulate Kenya’s Foreign policy well particularly when engaging with Spanish speaking Nations.

KENYA’S BID FOR UNSC SEAT

Kenya will on the 7th November 2019 in New York, USA launch its candidature for the Non-Permanent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) seat for the period 2021/22. This will be the second launch since the successful launch in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on the 26th of August 2019.

The Kenya delegation to New York will be led by Dr Amb Monica Juma, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary and the Campaign Special Envoy Amb Tom Amolo. Those invited for the auspicious launch include World Champions, World Record Holders and Marathoners, renowned artists, UN Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors.

The count down to the 7th November campaign launch begins as we Join hands in Supporting Kenya bid for the UN Security Council seat #Kenya4UNSC #Adependablepartner on peace and security.

IGAD COUNCIL OF MINISTERS

The Delegation of IGAD Council of Ministers led by Ethiopian state minister of foreign affairs Hirut Zemene met with President Salva Kiir at the state house on Friday.

The IGAD delegation discussed with President Salva Kiir the implementation of the outstanding critical issues hindering the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

The Ethiopian State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene outlined that they came on a consultation to find out, how President Salva Kiir is handling the implementation of the security arrangements and the issue on the number of states as agreed by the peace deal.

The Minister of Cabinet affairs, Dr. Martin Elia Lomoro said, President Salva Kiir is concerned and engaged on how to handle those critical issues before the deadline for the formation of the transitional government of national unity.

The Kenyan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ababu Terrah Namwamba Said, they are impressed with the progress made by the parties towards the implementation of the peace deal.

Ababu said, that they are happy to learn that, Dr. Riek Machar will be arriving in Juba on Saturday on his volition to join the political parties towards the conclusion of the pre transitional period.

YOUTH URGED TO BE PATRIOTS OF KENYA

Kenyan youth have been called upon to embrace the definition of Kenya, where all people live in harmony and work together for their shared prosperity.

Speaking at the launch of the Public Service Internship Programme at Kasarani Sports Center on October 9, 2019, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Juma emphasized that the programme is an important national undertaking and a milestone of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government which affirms commitment for youth empowerment. The President was recognized as a UNICEF’s Global Champion for Youth Empowerment in January 2018.

The Cabinet Secretary encouraged the new Interns to be patriots’ servants of Kenya by deploying professional competences, retain high level of integrity, remain truthful to national aspirations for unity and shared prosperity not only for Kenya but also for the region Africa and the world at large.

“Your worth and value will be measured by your impact on society, the CS said, adding that “if you start your professional journey as a well  defined professional, you will have a better chance to negotiate the complex world.”

Delivering her speech on nationhood and national interests, the CS stressed that, all public servants have a primary obligation, the duty, demanded by the Constitution, to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kenya. 

She stressed that, Kenyans, must understand the elements that define the country, the geography, common history, national character, values and common aspirations for today and the future as embodied in the national anthem and loyalty pledge.

CS Juma recounted that “the definition of nationhood was laid by the Kenya’s Founding Fathers and the journey to independence was a key process in defining nationhood – as Kenyans of Kenya.”

She added that, Kenya’s first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta while ushering the new nation rallied everyone around one word – Harambee, Swahili word meaning pulling together. This phrase became the national call for action until now to lead a nation that is politically united and sharing in its prosperity through joint efforts between all people; a nation that leaves no one behind. ”And so as public servants – we SERVE our people,”  urged the CS.

The CS observed that President Daniel Toroitch Arap Moi’s Nyayo philosophy advocated for peace, love and unity among all Kenyans,  President Mwai Kibaki’s government underscored the value of diversity, defining Kenya as a ‘Rainbow nation, ’  while President Uhuru Kenyatta’s desire is to nurture a united country advocating for Building Bridges Initiatives that seeks to guarantee inclusive participation in governance.

The CS wished Interns the best of success and good experience as they take the new role in the mantle of service to the country and humanity.

MFA Press

Nairobi Kenya, 7th October 2019, Amb. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs today hosted Hon. Khemaies Jhinaoui, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia who is in the country for a two days official visit.

Hon. Jhinaoui visit is historic since it is the first ever official visit to Kenya by a Tunisian Foreign Minister.

The two ministers held a fruitful discussion at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters that culminated in the signing of two Memorandum of Understanding, on political consultations and field of vocational training and employment.

CS Juma reaffirmed Kenya’s commitment in strengthening bilateral engagement with Tunisia in the trade, economic and social sectors as well as regional peace and security.

The two ministers also agreed to intensify cooperation within the United Nations framework and other multilateral forums.

“It is worth noting that Tunisia was elected to serve in the non-permanent category of the UNSC for the term 2020/21. We have agreed to work with our Tunisian colleagues as the candidate for the non-permanent seat of the UNSC for the period 2021/22 to ensure a seamless transition in view of our common view of the peace and security in the continent and world,” said CS Juma.

PEACE AGENDA MUST BE PRIORITIZED, CS MONICA JUMA

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma convened a high level ministerial meeting to discuss how countries are leveraging their capacities to advance peace commitments on the sidelines of the 74th session of UNGA in New York.

 

Amb Monica Juma said, it is only through peace that the world can be more secure, prosperous and equitable.

“Peace must be the norm and not the exception which governments and authorities having the primary responsibility to coherently drive and direct the people-defined peace priorities strategies and programs that contribute to peace”.

The CS noted that peace is the most prized public good yet remains elusive to many.  “Despite Africa being resource endowed, the continent has generally not been able to enjoy sustainable peace and stability for decades due to a number of challenges comprising armed conflicts and political crisis resulting from governance deficits. Other security dilemmas include organized transnational crimes, non-state armed groups, piracy, terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization”.

 

However, she noted a grimmer of hope in the continent driven by existing home based solutions.

 

“In Africa there is a shift from the conflict- narrative where the continent is increasingly owning and meeting its own development and security needs and said its high time when the continent should focus on positive values including the notion of peace”.

 

She said the positive trajectory that is taking shape is underpinned by the growing ability of many countries in the region to organically manage political transitions in ways that are consistent with constitutional and legal requirements. The trajectory is also informed by the recognition that addressing the drivers and root causes of the absence of peace and security includes strengthening capabilities to meet both development and security needs. The launch of the AU Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development center in Cairo will play a significant role in this narrative shift.

 

She underscored that peace and security is at the center of Kenya’s Foreign Policy which has given Kenya a grip as a frontline state in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and remains steadfast in building partnerships for a strategic and operational approach to prevent and combat terrorism and violent extremism.

“As a country, part of our delivering on peace includes a commitment to build bridges and work closely with our neighbors, regional organizations, and international institutions including the United Nations”. Kenya contribution to the UN Peacebuilding commission cannot be understated.

 

In terms of translation of peace agreements to sustainable and implementable frameworks, Kenya has maintained her role as an anchor state and guarantor for regional peace and security especially with regard to prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and post-conflict reconstruction. As a country Kenya has played a critical role in all peace processes in the region and remain the guarantor of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) as well as Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS). Our contingent in AMISOM continues to professionally implement its mandate of degrading Al Shabaab and facilitating the political processes in Somalia.

 

She said delivering on peace also includes delivering on humanitarian work which Kenya has contributed immensely to the region by hosted over 600,000 refugees with some of them now moving to third countries to work or have gone back home.

 

She reaffirmed the role women and youth continue to play as agents of peace, security and development. “As a country we have put in place structures and instituting and implementing constitutional, legal and administrative measures that ensure all groups of people actively participate in their choice of leaders and have equitable access to state resources including infrastructure”.

 

The side event moderated by Dr Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Adviser, International Peace Institute (IPI) brought together ministers from the UN member states, observers and civil society organizations.