OFFICIAL FUNERAL OF THE LATE SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER EDNA MOLEWA

PRETORIA, South Africa, October 6, 2018……….. Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Ababu Namwamba today represented President Uhuru Kenyatta at the state funeral of the late South African Minister for Environmental Affairs Dr. Bomo Edna Edith Molewa in Pretoria, South Africa.

President Kenyatta in his condolence message conveyed by Hon. Ababu said, “I learnt of the passing of Minister Molewa with a lot of sadness. On behalf of the Government and People of Kenya and on my own behalf, I join you, President of the Republic of South Africa in extending my deepest condolence to the brotherly people of South Africa, family, colleagues and friends of Molewa.”

The official funeral held at Tshwane Events Center was graced by President of the Republic of South Africa H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa. The late Molewa was laid to rest at Zandfontein Cemetery. President Ramaphosa described her as a woman of fortitude and professionalism who contributed immensely to the advancement of South Africa.

In attendance was South African Deputy President David Mabuza, former Presidents Jacob Zuma, Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe among other high ranking government officials.

CAS Ababu was accompanied by Kenya’s High Commissioner to South Africa Amb. Jean Kamau.

C.S in Japan-Africa Roundtable

Amb. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs participated this morning in a Japan-Africa round table at sidelines of TICAD Ministerial meeting.
 She reiterated the need for Japanese businesses to deepen their investment  in ICT, the Big Four,  African medium, small and micro enterprises. In addition, she echoed the consolidating of Africa- Japan trade  to reduce the trade imbalance with the structured opening up of Japanese market whilst enhancing value addition for African exports
Photo credits    MFA  5868  CS  in a family photo during the TICAD business roundtable Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura- Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary (left) and Mr. Kiyoto Tsuji-Parliamentary Vice Minister  for Foreign Affairs

KENYA IN SOLIDARITY WITH VICTIMS OF INDONESIAN EARTH QUAKE AND TSUNAMI

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Amb. Macharia Kamau presented donations of Kenyan tea and coffee on behalf of the Kenyan Government, to the Indonesian Ambassador to Kenya Amb. Soehardjono Sastromihardjo following the recent earthquake disaster in Indonesia.

Indonesia was on 28th September, 2018 hit by a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.5 that triggered a deadly tsunami, killing over 1000 people, injuring and displacing thousands more, at the Sulawesi Island.

H.E President Kenyatta condoled with the Government of Indonesia and victims affected by the disaster on behalf of the Government and the people of Kenya, terming it a very difficult and trying moment for the people of Indonesia.

Principal Secretary, Amb. Macharia Kamau while presenting Indonesian ambassador with a donation of Kenyan coffee and tea on behalf of the Kenyan government said Kenya stands in solidarity with the Indonesian people during this difficult moment.

On his part H.E Amb. Soehardjono Sastromihardjo thanked the Government and the people of Kenya for their good gesture and donations, in solidarity with the victims of the disaster.

KOREAN NATIONAL FOUNDATION DAY

The Korean National foundation day was celebrated on 3rd October, 2018, at the Ambassador’s residence in Nairobi.

It is an occasion for Koreans to celebrate their culture and successes in political, social and economic spheres, which dates back to 2333BC. The achievements are numerous, and they have contributed to the rapid economic development over the years. In attendance was the Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Amb. Kamau Macharia, among other invited dignitaries.

In his address during the ceremony, Amb. Kamau said Kenya and the Republic of Korea have interacted since 1964 when Kenya attained her Independence and the relations have continued to grow ever since. This, the PS said is evidenced by the high-level exchange visits by the top leadership of the two countries, with the most recent visit by the Prime Minister of Korea, H.E Lee Nak–Yeon, in July, 2018.

The PS noted that Korea’s development over the years had made it a global leader in Hi-tech industry, as well as excelled in popular culture and sports. Korea has also produced reputable global state men and women such as the former Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E Ban Ki-Moon, whose achievements have been felt over the period.

“The Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Monica Juma is scheduled to make an official visit to Seoul next week and her interactions with the Korean leadership will accentuate the importance of our growing relations, and a demonstration of our vibrant relations with Korea, said Amb. Kamau.

Kenya has also partnered with Korea in  various sectors in the areas of energy, housing, manufacturing, ICT and agriculture which are in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda, said the PS.

WORLD HABITAT DAY

The World Habitat day was observed in Kenya on 1st October, 2018, at the United Nations Office in Nairobi.

The event which was co-hosted by Kenya and Indonesia was graced by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Mayor of the city of Surabaya in Indonesia Ms.Tri Rismaharini and other high ranking Government officials and dignitaries.

In his address to the delegates, the President lauded the theme of the meeting, on “Municipal Solid Waste and Management”, Noting that solid waste posed one of the greatest challenges of our time and called for urgent action on solid waste management. In addition the President also commended both the National and County governments on their success achieved recently, in management of the environment mainly in the banning of plastic waste. He called on other intervention programs aimed at managing waste while still urging everyone to take personal responsibility in managing solid waste.

Other high ranking government officials in attendance included Hon. James Macharia, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Amb. Macharia Kamau and Governor of Nairobi, Mike Sonko.

THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTERIAL ACTION GROUP (CMAG) FIFTY-THIRD MEETING

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) held its fifty-third meeting in New York on 28 September 2018.

The meeting was chaired by Chair of CMAG, Dr Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya, and was attended by Foreign Ministers and Representatives of Australia, Barbados, Belize, Ghana, Malaysia, Namibia, Samoa and the United Kingdom.

Ministers noted the outcomes of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and reiterated the important role of member countries and the Commonwealth Secretariat in delivering a future which is fairer, more sustainable, more secure and more prosperous.

The Group received an updates from the Secretary-General Rt.Hon Patricia Scotland on her engagements in support of member countries’ efforts to promote democracy and commonwealth values.

She also gave an updates on developments in a number of Commonwealth member states.

CMAG also agreed that future engagement with member states facing challenges would be proactive.