PRINCIPAL SECRETARY’S FRUITFUL VISIT TO SOMALIA

Principal Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb Macharia Kamau visited Somalia from 7th -9th November 2020 on a mission to explore investment opportunities and boost bilateral ties between the two countries. Amb Macharia Kamau was received by his Somalia counterpart, Ambassador Mohamed Ali Mohamed Nur Hagi and later held talks with him and H.E Amb. Ahmed Awad, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Somalia.

During the meeting Amb. Macharia informed the two senior officials of the Government of Somalia that he was in the country to see the newly built facilities of the Kenyan Embassy in Mogadishu, engage mission staff and familiarize himself with the condition that they live in.

However, he said, in keeping with the African culture, it was imperative to register his presence to the leadership of Somalia. He also wished to convey greetings from H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of the Republic of Kenya to his Somalia brother H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Amb. Macharia Kamau, was accompanied by H.E Lucas Tumbo, Kenya’s Ambassador to Mogadishu and Mr. John Gitu, Director Human Resource Management. Ambassador Mohamed Nur, thanked the Principal Secretary for the courtesy call.

The talks focused on regional cooperation and business opportunities that exists between the two countries.

“Great opportunities for bilateral and regional cooperation and trade exist between Kenya and Somalia. As Somalia makes significant progress in business, economic and social development. Security and other historical challenges, though real should not be allowed to stand in our way” said PS Kamau.

The visit by the Kenyan officials is an indication that peace efforts by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed Farmajo are bearing fruits with PS Macharia noting that development in both countries would be achieved if both countries coexisted harmoniously.   

“Prosperity and development of both countries would be realized much faster with a peaceful and stable Somalia. He added that Kenya and Somalia are neighbours, a situation that cannot changed. Therefore, the two countries should find ways of living together in harmony for the benefit of their peoples” PS noted.

Amb Mohamed Nur thanked the PS for the visit and added that the two countries had good bilateral ties and should continue to seek solutions on any emerging problems through bilateral talks. He thanked Kenya for having signed a trade agreement with Somalia chamber of commerce which need to be improved further.

Kenya and Somalia have an existing comprehensive Joint Commission of Cooperation which they said needed implementation to enhance and deepen bilateral ties in all sectors. Somalia has great potential for trade but this has remains low as a result of insecurity which has undermined Somalia’s efforts to do business with its neighbouring countries.

 

Amb Nur reiterated that Kenya and Somalia’s relation had remained cordial for all the years, saying they are thankful for the hospitality accorded to them by Kenya during the years of civil strife in Somalia. This was after the collapse of the central government in 1991.

Ambassador Awad, the Minister for Foreign Affairs similarly echoed the warm and brotherly ties that exists between Kenya and Somalia.  He again reiterated the eternal gratitude to the Government and the people of Kenya for their generosity and sacrifices toward the restoration of peace and stability in Somalia. He noted that any isolated differences could be handled amicably. He added that Kenya remains the destination of choice for Somali business community as compared to other neighbouring countries.

He appealed to Kenya to consider issuance of visas on arrival to diplomatic passport holders to start with, and thereafter to the People of Somalia visiting Kenya. The Principal Secretary promised to follow up the matter and find out with those concerns since the issue had been dealt with before. He requested that the Foreign Ministry in Mogadishu to submit a list of diplomatic passport holders to ease identification and issuance of the visas on arrival.

The two sighted opportunities in trade and commerce noting the abundance of fish in Somalia, which Kenya needs while Somalia can import Khat (miraa) from Kenya as well as rice, avocado, beans, cement and steel from Kenya and other construction and agricultural products which would enhance the wealth creation and development.

On the sidelines of the visit the Principal Secretary met with British and European Union envoys at the Kenya’s Embassy.  They discussed the security situation in Somalia and the role the Africa Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).

Amb Macharia Kamau also held talks with Ambassador Francisco Madeira, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of (AMISOM).

The Principal Secretary commended Ambassador Madeira for the excellent work that AMISOM has done to stabilize Somalia. The Principal Secretary informed that he was aware that AMISOM is hugely underfunded and over stretched in Somalia.

President Kenyatta Mourns Mama Anne Osure Okota-Amolo

NAIROBI 29th June 2020, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of comfort and encouragement to the family, relatives and friends of Mama Anne Osure Okota-Amolo who passed away yesterday at a Kisumu hospital.

MRS ANNE OSURE OKOTE-AMOLO

Mama Anne Osure is the mother of Amb Tom Amolo, the Political and Diplomatic Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Special Envoy for Kenya’s UN Security Council seat campaign.

In his message, the President described the late Mama Anne Osure as a dedicated, industrious leader who is remembered for initiating several women empowerment projects.

“Mama Anne was an amiable person whose devotion to women empowerment saw her initiate and participate in a number of transformative projects in Kano, Kisumu County.

“She was a role model and a loving mother who always went out of her way to show kindness to those in need,” the President eulogised.

The Head of State assured Mama Anne Osure’s family of his support and prayed to God to grant them solace and fortitude at this difficult period of mourning their beloved matriarch.

Source .. Presidency Website  

HIGHIGHTS ON COVID- 19, 10TH APRIL 2020

Dear Kenyans,

  • To date, 1,619,073 have tested positive for the Covid 19 virus globally. Global deaths stand at 96,966.
  • Today, we mark our 30th day of collaborative concerted efforts between the National Government and many actors, to stop the spread of the virus.
  • Indeed, our ways of life have changed drastically. In ordinary times, today, being Good Friday, would be that special day in our Christian calendar, when we congregate in our Churches and homes with families and friends. But this Easter period is different.
  • Because of our current circumstances, we requested you to pray and reflect in the confines of your homes.
  • Let us remember our frontline heroes at a time like now: medical staff and health workers, our diligent scientists and researchers and our volunteers.
  • Let us pray for our Nation, so that we may get it right, and put this behind us.
  • Despite mobile money operators facilitating the ease of doing e-transactions, we have noted with concern that people continue to disregard this advice. Once again, I am asking you to take all measures to avoid exchanging notes and coins. Physical money presents surfaces that can very easily be contaminated with the virus. Avoid it.
  • All of us are advised to properly dispose the face masks to avoid contamination in line with the protocol.
  • We continue to enhance our capacity and capability within our health facilities to combat this disease. To date, over 100,000 healthcare workers have been given COVID-19 related training. Over 4000 doctors across the country have benefitted from an e-based training on the same. We are enhancing testing and diagnostic capabilities. We are now able to undertake an average of 600 tests a day. This number will be scaled up in the coming days.
  • To enhance our readiness at the Counties, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, Kenya Power & Lighting Company will fast track connection of 3-phase power to our various County Facilities, so that they can fully utilize medical equipment, to effectively manage COVID-19 patients.
  • Fellow Kenyans, since our last briefing yesterday, we now managed to test 504 Out of this number, five (5) have tested positive for Coronavirus disease. This now brings to 189 the number of confirmed cases in the country.
  • They are all Kenyan Nationals; and only one (1) of them has a history of travel from UAE. Three (3) of the cases are in Mombasa while Nairobi and Nyandarua have one (1) each.
  • One (1) of the cases came from our mandatory quarantine facilities, while the rest- four (4) were picked by our surveillance teams. The five (5) are aged between 27 years and 58 Two (2) are males and three (3) females.
  • 10 additional individuals will be discharged from our Mbagathi COVID-19 Isolation Facility today. The individuals have tested negative twice for COVID-19 disease. To date, 22 individuals have recovered from the disease.
  • As of today, a total of 2,054 contacts have been monitored, 1,481 have been cleared from the follow up program and 573 remain in our monitoring program. To date, a total of 6,192 samples have been tested.

I thank you.

 

HON. MUTAHI KAGWE, EGH,

CABINET SECRETARY.

HIGHLIGHTS OF CORONA VIRUS IN THE COUNTRY AND RESPONSE MEASURES AS AT 4TH April, 2020

Fellow Kenyans,

  • First and foremost, on behalf of the Government, the Ministry of Health and myself, I would like to send condolences to the family and friends, of the Late Captain Daudi Kimuyu Kibati of Kenya Airways, who is being laid to rest this afternoon in his rural home in
  • Captain Kibati was the pilot that flew the last Kenya Airways flight from New York to Nairobi on Wednesday 26th March 2020, before the Government ban on international flights took effect, as one of the key measures aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus
  • Captain Kibati, together with his colleagues in the Kenya Airways flight, took a major risk to go and evacuate Kenyans from He managed to evacuate many Kenyans and non-Kenyans from the USA back into the country only for him to succumb to the same disease. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
  • We are now able to locally manufacture personal protective equipment (PPEs), and therefore assure all health workers in the country that they are now secure going
  • The Government has operationalized Kenyatta University Teaching Hospital and has received 20 patients related with the Coronavirus disease for treatment and
  • We are urging any person visiting a supermarket or any open air market to wear a protective mask immediately to prevent transmission of the
  • Appealed to the youth, to be in the frontline to protect this country in this difficult moment and be part of the solution.
  • In the last 24 hours we have managed to test 372 samples, 4 have tested positive for the Coronavirus The four are 3 Kenyans and one Pakistani National.
  • In terms of gender three (3) are Male and one (1) is female. Two of them travelled from Malawi and Pakistan respectively, while the other two contracted it Their ages range between 34 years for  the  youngest   and  44 years for the oldest.
  • Out of the 2,050 individuals who have been in mandatory quarantine, 1,866 people have so far been  tested     and  we are remaining with 184 individuals.
  • On gatherings, there is a relaxed attitude not to follow the government However according to measures we have announced in line with the Public Health Act, no gatherings are allowed.
  • We have also received information that there are about 600 people who  want  to come and meet here in That will not happen. People must adhere to the measures we have given out which include curfew and handwashing among others. We are grateful to those who are taking them seriously, but those defying will only have themselves to blame.

I thank you.

I thank you.

 

HON. MUTAHI KAGWE, EGH,

CABINET SECRETARY

 

NATIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMMITTEE ON CORONAVIRUS

HIGHLIGHTS ON CORONAVIRUS IN THE COUNTRY AND RESPONSE MEASURES AS AT 3rd April, 2020

  • In the last 24 hours, a total of 362 samples have been tested out of which 12 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease. Out of this 11 are Kenyans and one Somali National. This now brings the total number of those who have tested positive for the disease in the country to 122.
  • The 12 people have already been moved into isolation in our various health facilities. Contact tracing has commenced
  • To date 1433 samples from the individuals currently in quarantine facilities have been tested. We are now remaining with 617 individuals to be tested.
  • I am saddened to inform you that we have lost another patient to the Coronavirus disease. A 6 year old male child admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital. This now brings to four (4) the number of those who have died as a result of the disease.
  • The distribution of these new cases according to their Counties is as follows; Kiambu 1, Laikipia 1, Mombasa 2, Nairobi 7, Nyeri 1
  • In terms of gender, 8 are males and 4 are females. 9 of the confirmed cases were detected in the designated quarantine facilities, while 3 are from suspected cases admitted in isolation units in various health facilities. The ages of the confirmed cases range between 28 to 68
  • We have so far monitored 1721 contacts and out of this number 1073 have been discharged. Currently, there are 648 contacts that we are actively tracing.
  • As we continue with our level of preparedness and response, I would like to appeal to those who are hoarding oxygen cylinders to release them. I am also appealing to various offices and business institutions to minimize the use of hard copies in their transactions and adopt the use of paperless mode especially for letters and other documents.
  • We have now started manufacturing of personal protective equipment (PPE’s) and masks for the health care workers and for initial distribution to boda boda, tuk tuks and matatu operators.

 HON. MUTAHI KAGWE, EGH,

CABINET SECRETARY.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMMITTEE ON CORONAVIRUS

HIGHLIGHTS OF CORONA VIRUS IN THE COUNTRY AND RESPONSE MEASURES AS AT 29th MARCH 2020

  • Four more people have tested positive for the Corona virus in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of positive cases to 42 in Kenya.
  • three (3) are from Nairobi while one is from Mombasa.
  • Nairobi continues to lead with 31 cases of those who have so far tested positive, followed by Kilifi with six (6), Mombasa with three (3), while Kajiado and Kwale have one (1) case each.
  • Out of the 42 positive cases, 24 are male while 18 are female.
  • We have 18 individuals admitted at Mbagathi Hospital awaiting test results. So far, we have tested 877 persons for the disease.
  • medical teams have embarked on mass testing for all those persons who arrived in the country last week, under mandatory quarantine in various designated hotels and Government facilities.
  • Appealed to all Kenyans to embrace this fight against coronavirus as opposed to assuming that it is a government affair.
  • Government is expanding its capacity for purposes of intervention measures particularly in the counties.
  • thanked the private sector and donor communities, working with the government through the Ministry of Trade and Industry in providing products such as masks and Protective Personal Equipment (PPE).
  • Plans are underway to manufacture some of these materials locally for self-sustainability.
  • Curfew remains a measure aimed at curtailing the spread of the virus.
  • Urged employers to release their workers early, so that they can reach their homes in good time before the curfew or provide accommodation to the workers.
  • Passenger flights remain restricted.
  • Hand washing is the best option to prevent the spread of this disease.

 

HON. MUTAHI KAGWE, EGH,

CABINET SECRETARY.

 

Seminar on the Changing Face of Terrorism and Extremism

TOWARDS the end of February 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya hosted a Global Seminar on the Changing Face of Terrorism and Extremism. This is part of a larger, all-of- government effort, to develop and nurture robust regional and international partnerships, to prevent and fight terrorism and violent extremism.

Terrorism and Violent Extremism today pose an existential threat to all nations. Terrorist organizations have rapidly mutated, outpacing technological developments and innovations deployed by national governments, including diversifying their complex networks and appropriating safe spaces for nefarious ends. In some cases, these terror organizations seize these ungoverned spaces and masquerade as quasi governments.

With a clear focus in addressing this challenge, Kenya has commenced cooperating more actively at bilateral and multilateral levels including facilitating a platform that encourages an honest exchange of views and review of best practices.

The Seminar built on the momentum created during the African Regional High-level Conference on Counter-Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism held in Nairobi last year, which was instrumental in developing new initiatives to enhance counter-terrorism and prevention efforts across the continent, especially in the regions of Africa most challenged by terrorist violence and instability. 

The Seminar discussed, among other things:

  • the drivers and enablers of terrorism and violent extremism;
  • adopting comprehensive and inclusive whole-of-society approaches to tackling terrorism;
  • practical ways to harness the creativity, energy and power of young people to strengthen resilience against terrorism and build more peaceful, just and inclusive societies; and,
  • harnessing the effective use of every instrument – diplomatic, economic, law enforcement, financial, information, intelligence, and military to counter terrorism and violent extremism.

The seminar was addressed by Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs who spoke on Kenya’s Quadruple Heritage and how this rich heritage has contributed to defining who Kenyans are and how we see our place in the world.

“Africa has a rich history and heritage that should inform how we fashion dialogue in the fight against terrorism and seek justice” said Ambassador Raychelle Omamo.

She further averred that the war against terror required laser-like focus against illicit financial flows that support purchase of weapons and to “avoid templating”, in a one size fits all approach.

She proposed a new formidable alliance -a frontline-states approach, in the war against the scourge, reflecting the consensus emerging out of the 33rd African Union Assembly, recently concluded in Addis Ababa.

Amb Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary of Defence spoke on the Challenges to the international peace and security infrastructure, asserting that the global commons required a departure from a transactional approach to threats-into a more strategic one, buttressed by a rules-based ethos, underpinning coordinated collective international efforts.

 

Several speakers among them Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives of the African Union and United Nations member states, commended the well-thought form and content of the diverse programme, which enabled participants to enjoy a wholistic view with practical solutions. They confirmed the need to follow up the conclusions in Addis Ababa and New York.

 Africa continues to suffer the brunt of violent terrorist attacks from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa. These persistent security concerns, coupled by epidemic youth radicalization, threaten the national security and economic well-being of the society, thus making Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism a priority for enhancing, maintaining international peace and security.

Kenya firmly believes that terrorism can be defeated. Kenya will therefore continue to contribute to regional, continental and global efforts and consensus in the prevention and fight against terrorism in all its aspects.

The Seminar resolved to collectively enhance responses to terrorism by deploying a mix of capabilities and frameworks informed by lessons learnt in combating terrorism and urged that the United Nations Security Council which has the mandate to ensure global peace and security, to continue the good coordination work and help leverage efforts to enhance more resources to fight terrorism in Africa.

These conversations are critical in Kenya’s successful fight against terrorism and are an integral part of the success Kenya has enjoyed in the fight against terrorism. Kenya will therefore continue to build global consensus and partnerships aimed at ensuring consistency, coordination in direct and continuous action against terrorist groups. These efforts will have the immediate effect of disrupting, degrading and ultimately, destroying them.

Kenya will champion the outcomes of the African Regional High-level Conference on Counter-Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism and the Global Seminar on the Changing Face of Terrorism and Extremism at the Second United Nations High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States will take place on 1-2 July 2020 at the UN Headquarters, New York as well as at the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union in South Africa in May 2020-on Silencing the Guns.

Kenya intends to reflect on insights gained and carefully deploy lessons learnt as Africa’s Endorsed Candidate for the United Nations Security Council when elected to serve for the 2021 – 2022 period in June 2020.

Director of UNOCT Dr Jehangir Khan and the Permanent Representative of Syria to New York Amb Bashar Jafaari addressed the meeting as well as PS Foreign Affairs Amb Macharia Kamau and Kenya Special Envoy on UNSC bid Amb Tom Amolo. The Teams were led by Kenya’s Permanent Representatives to Addis Ababa and New York respectively- Ambassador Catherine Mwangi and Ambassador Lazarus Amayo.