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.

 

NATIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMMITTEE PRESS STATEMENT

The coronavirus has continued to affect the World in an unprecedented way. Global statistics indicate that as of March 21st, 2020, there were 266,073 confirmed cases and 11,084 deaths.

The epicenter of the virus has since shifted from China to Europe. In Africa confirmed cases as of March 21st, 2020 were 572 with 12 reported deaths.

On Friday we announced that there were no new coronavirus cases, and that the seven patients who had tested positive for the virus were still undergoing treatment and were stable. We continue to monitor their progress, as well as the individuals that came into contact with them.

In the last 72 hours, we have received confirmation of Eight (8) new cases who have tested positive for Coronavirus in the country. This now brings the number of those who have tested positive to fifteen (15).


Out of the latest eight (8) cases, five (5) are Kenyans and three (3) are foreign nationals-two French and one Mexican. All the eight are imported cases from Europe and America. The ages are between 20 years for the youngest and 67years for the oldest.

All the eight came through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport between March 4th and March 17th, 2020. They have all been isolated at various facilities and are being monitored by our teams.

We are tracing 363 persons who had come into contact with patients. So far we only have three people awaiting processing at Mbagathi hospital. The rest have been processed and discharged.

All the patients, except one who is at the Coast are in stable condition. The government is organizing to have the patient airlifted to Nairobi for further treatment.


Like I mentioned on Friday last week, our actions continue to be

guided by the trends that we have observed in other countries. Evidence from other countries indicate that the number of infected persons increases dramatically in the second week following confirmation of a first case.

I did further indicate that this coming two weeks are extremely critical for this country, as we seek to contain the outbreak.

Fellow Kenyans, the government has in the past few weeks announced various measures that are aimed at containing this virus. However, we have noticed that majority of our people have continued to ignore these measures and are behaving as if it’s business as usual.


Like I cautioned last week, this is not a joke, Kenyans MUST treat this matter with the seriousness it deserves, by adjusting and changing their lifestyles. If we continue to behave normally, this disease will treat us abnormally.


In addition to the measures we have already announced, the

NERC has today resolved as follows:

1. All international flights are suspended effective Wednesday March 25th, 2020 at midnight with the exception of cargo flights whose crew must observe strict guidelines. Those coming into the country between now and Wednesday will undergo mandatory quarantine at a government designated facility at their own expense.

Countries wishing to evacuate their nationals must make their arrangements to do so within this period. Kenyans who are currently in foreign countries, and will not have come back within the period are advised to observe the guidelines issued in the respective countries wherever they are.

2. Whereas we had allowed Kenyans and foreigners with valid residence permits to come in to the country, we have observed that there are those who are not observing the self-quarantine protocol. Consequently NERC has decided that all persons who violate the self-quarantine requirement will be forcefully quarantined for a full period of 14 days at their cost, and thereafter arrested and charged under the Public Health Act.

3. Effective midnight tonight, all BARS will remain closed until further notice. Restaurants are to remain open but only for purposes of facilitating take away services. This is meant to

secure the social distance requirement, noting the increased risk of transmission these facilities cause.

4. Further in order to give effect to the social distance requirement in the public transport sector all public service vehicles must adhere to the directive issued on Friday March
20th, 2020 failure to which the respective Sacco licenses will be

revoked. The Inspector General of Police has been already directed to enforce this directive.

5. Lastly, having noted the non-compliance of religious institutions to the social distance requirement as issued on Friday March 20th, 2020, the NERC has directed the suspension of all church, mosques, and other religious gatherings. This also include weddings, funerals and other social gatherings which are restricted to immediate family members only. These directives take effect immediately until further notice.

Once again we are aware that these measures may be inconvenient at the moment, but I assure that they are necessary for meeting our indicated objective of keeping all Kenyans safe.


Hon Mutahi Kagwe, EGH

CABINET SECRETARY

PROCLAMATION OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER BY H.E. UHURU KENYATTA

PROCLAMATION OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER BY H.E. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES, 17TH MARCH 2020

Fellow Kenyans,

The world today is facing a serious threat, brought about by a spreading pandemic that is affecting all peoples, all countries and institutions across the globe.

In our own local context, we have done and continue to do everything possible to keep our citizens safe, and prevent further spread of the virus to our population while securing the continuity of business operations. Indeed as I said on Sunday, I and my Ministers will keep you regularly informed on developments as we move on into the future.

But fellow Kenyans even with these efforts, we cannot ignore the need to turn to God. In these circumstances as we have done in the past as a nation, we have always turned to God first to give thanks for the many blessings that He has bestowed on our nation. But we also turn to God to share our fears, our apprehensions, but also to seek his guidance and ever-present protection.

We acknowledge always that we are nothing without our God. And we have learnt over time that turning to God in such times gives us not only comfort but also hope and strength to overcome even those challenges that for us as humans may seem insurmountable.

With this in mind and after consulting a cross-section of ordinary Kenyans as well as our religious leaders, I have decided to declare this coming Saturday, 21st March 2020, as a National Day for Prayer.

In consideration of the protocols that we announced on Sunday and other ongoing protocols that will be announced from time to time, I have thought it necessary that this day of prayer be observed in our homes, in our places of work or wherever we shall be residing on that day.

This prayer day will be led by a team of religious leaders here at State House, Nairobi starting at 12.00 noon on Saturday.

To this end, I appeal to our media houses and kindly request them to broadcast this event live on all our television stations, our radio stations and our online platforms so that we can facilitate every single Kenyan to participate in this event.

On that day, through our religious leaders, we will be asking God for His forgiveness for anything that we may have done wrong or wronged Him. On that day, we shall together ask for His protection and blessing for our Nation, for our people, for the world and all global citizens. We shall ask God to abide with us, and to guide us, both in this period, and in times to come.

And in this, I am guided by the following scripture and I will quote from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians as read in the book of Phillipians 4: 6 – 9, “Do not worry about anything instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Then, you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can ever understand. His peace will guide your hearts, your minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

He goes on to say: “And now dear brothers and sisters, one final word, fix your thoughts on what is true and honourable, and what is right and pure, and what is lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting in practice all you have learnt and received from me, everything you have heard and saw me doing then the God of peace will be with you.

Fellow Kenyans,

Let us join hands together on Saturday. Let us pray for our country. Let us pray for our unity. Let us pray to see this pandemic resolved and let us pledge to love one another, to live in peace and harmony with each other and let us pray that the world will once again refocus itself on those things that are good, on those things that are virtuous, on those things that are peaceful.

May God bless you all and may God bless the Republic of Kenya.

Press Statement by H.E Uhuru Kenyatta

Press Statement by H.E Uhuru Kenyatta

The President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces

 

My Fellow Kenyans.

On Friday March 13th, 2020 the Government of Kenya received confirmation of the first case of COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus.

As you may recall, when we first announced the confirmation of the first case, we stated that we had traced 27 persons who had come into contact with the first patient. We have since tested the 27 people at our National Influenza Center.

Today, we have received confirmation of two more cases of the Coronavirus. The two have tested positive as a result of coming into contact with the first patient.

Our health officials have already moved them into Kenyatta National Hospital isolation facility.

The medical teams are closely monitoring the patients, who are in stable condition and responding well to treatment. This gives us hope.

Fellow Kenyans,

My Government has been working to monitor the spread of the virus. We have set up necessary containment and treatment protocols across the country. However, following the result of the two additional cases, we are now directing the following additional protocols:

1.   The Government is suspending travel for all persons coming into Kenya from any country with reported Coronavirus cases.

2.   Only Kenyan Citizens, and any foreigners with valid residence permits will be allowed to come in provided they proceed on self quarantine or to a government designated quarantine facility.

This will take effect within the next 48 hours to cater for any passengers who may be enroute. This directive will remain in effect for the next 30 days or as varied by the National Emergency Response Committee.

3.   All persons who have come into Kenya in the last 14 days must self-quarantine. If any person exhibits symptoms such as cough, or fever, they should present themselves to the nearest health facility for testing;

4.   We have suspended learning in all our education institutions with immediate effect. Consequently, and to facilitate a phased approach, primary and secondary day schools are to suspend operations from tomorrow.

5.    For those in boarding schools, the school administration is to ensure that students are home by Wednesday, 18th March 2020 while Universities and Tertiary Institutions are to close by Friday, 20th March 2020;

6.   Where possible, government offices, businesses and companies are encouraged to allow employees to work from home, with the exception of employees working in critical or essential services.

7.   In order to avoid the risk of transmission through physical handling of money, we encourage the use of cashless transactions such as mobile money and credit cards. We appeal to mobile operators and banks to take into consideration the situation, and reduce the cost of transactions during this period.

8.   In line with the directive to avoid crowded places, citizens are encouraged to:

a.   Avoid congregating including in places of worship;

b.  Minimize attendance to social gatherings including weddings and funerals, and restrict the same to immediate family members;

c.   Avoid crowded places including shopping malls and entertainment premises;

d.  Minimize congestion in public transport wherever possible;

e.   Limitation of visitors to hospitalised patients in both public and private hospitals.

9.   Hospitals and shopping malls are encouraged to provide soap, water and hand sanitizers and ensure that all their premises are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

Globally, the impact of the virus is still unfolding. I want to assure you that My Administration is at the forefront of assessing, containing and managing this pandemic in the country.

Some of the measures may cause inconvenience, but I want to assure you they are designed to ensure that we effectively contain the spread of the virus.

I appeal to all of us to strictly observe these measures. I would also like to appeal for calm. Kenyans must avoid misinformation that causes panic and anxiety.

Let us remember that as Kenyans, we have been faced with other crisis in the past, and we have always triumphed by coming together in the spirit of national unity and cooperation.

Every single Kenyan has a responsibility in ensuring they play their part in safeguarding Kenyan lives.

This pandemic will test us, as it is testing all countries in every corner of the world, but I do not believe it will defeat us.  If we pull together, and everybody does their part, we shall overcome its worst impacts. 

God bless you all, God bless Kenya

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.

Kenya to Co-host 2nd UN Oceans Conference with Portugal

Kenya and Portugal will Co-host the Second UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon from 2-6 June 2020.  The Conference themed “Scaling up Ocean Action Based on Science and Innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: Stocking Partnerships and Solutions” is expected to cause systematic changes to the world’s approach on conservation and sustainable use of oceans.

Speaking during the Sixth Informal Advisory Committee Meeting of the UN 2020 Ocean Conference held in White sands Hotel, Mombasa Kenya, Amb. Macharia Kamau, Principal Secretary, Foreign Affairs, stressed the need to scale up oceans action for SDG 14, which affects all countries and the entire human race. The Meeting was attended by UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Amb. Peter Thompson, and Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations, Amb. Francisco Duarte Lopes.

In reiterating the importance of the upcoming conference in the achievement of SDG14, the PS stated that “the oceans generate 50% of the earth’s oxygen and governs the world’s climate”,  adding that “Hydrological changes have impacted terrestrial and fresh water species and ecosystems consequently changing season’s activities”. He further maintained that “the negative impact on our oceans and marine resources affect food security, water resources, water quality, livelihoods, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, transportation, tourism and recreation as well as the culture of human society.”

PS Macharia emphasized that “it should be a worrying concern for all of us that the health of the ocean is rapidly deteriorating due to increasing temperatures, acidification, de-oxygenation, depletion of natural resources and pollution from land and sea.  We urgently need to scale up ocean action for SDG 14 and reverse this deterioration.”

Underscoring the importance of science for the 2020 UN Oceans conference, the PS pointed out that effective policies and strategies based on science and innovation in the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and marine resources are required.  To develop such policies and strategies, oceans scientific understanding, oceans observations and research are essential to predict the consequences of change, design regulations and guide adaptation.

The Lisbon conference will bring on board stakeholders in the conservation and sustainable use of the Oceans and other marine resources, business community, academicians and educators, scientists and researchers, finance institutions, non-governmental institutions, regional and global intergovernmental institutions as well as government.

The PS called on all stakeholders from the private sector, non-governmental organizations and civil society to register for the conference through the website www.un.org/en/conferences/ocean2020/.  He further informed, that the Government of Kenya, in the spirit of leave no-one behind, has committed to ensuring youth participation during the conference by nominating a number of young people involved in blue economy projects and initiatives.

The stakeholders will be accorded an opportunity to harness their strength, expertise, knowledge, new generation of science based, concrete, ambitious commitments and actions to help forge new, inclusive and effective partnerships to support implementation of SDG 14. As one of the first milestones of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ newly launched Decade of Action for the SDGs, Kenya is proud to be co-hosting the Conference which will promote much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.

Diplomatic Briefing

Republic of Kenya

Diplomatic Briefing

 

by

Amb. Raychelle Omamo ‘SC’ EGH

CABINET SECRETARY

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

 

 

 

Monday, 2nd March, 2020

Radisson Blue Hotel

Upper Hill

Nairobi, Kenya

Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners,

Members of the Diplomatic Corps;

Colleagues from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

  1. I warmly welcome you all to my debut briefing session for members of the Diplomatic Corps. This is part of the Ministry’s continued commitment to regularly update you on matters of importance and mutual interest. I deeply appreciate the numerous congratulations and kind words of encouragement that I have received from you and Foreign Ministers from your respective countries. I have endeavoured to reply with strong assurances of Kenya’s commitment to enhancing relations at all levels of our engagement.

 

  1. I am most honoured that His Excellency President Kenyatta appointed me to this high office, after seven years of serving Kenya as Kenya’s Minister of Defence. I am deeply humbled. As our key clientele, I actively seek your kind support and counsel as we continue to strengthen Kenya’s partnerships with your respective countries and organizations.

 

  1. Excellencies, I wish to express my deepest gratitude to you all for the numerous messages of sympathy and of condolences following the passing of our second President, the late Daniel Arap Moi. We remember his pivotal role in advancing regional peace and security.  As colleagues, you will know that we always work under constantly fluid conditions. We should therefore all deeply appreciate each other and the vital our work we do for our respective countries. For us in the Foreign Affairs family, the past few months have been difficulty ones for us, as we have sadly lost valued colleagues at a very short time Newton Odinga, from Protocol; Vivian Talash from my Office; Ambassador Chris Mburu, our immediate former Envoy to South Sudan; and Ambassador Anthony Andanje, our former Permanent Representative to UN HABITAT.

LETS ALL RISE AND OBSERVE A MINUTE OF SILENCE FOR OUR FALLEN COLLEAGUES.

(Pause-May Their Souls Rest in Eternal Peace-Thank You).

 

  1. Excellencies, the main focus of today’s session is to update you on the current state of affairs in Kenya and within our region. In addition, I will touch on a few key international engagements pertinent to Kenya and to our partners.
  2. It is worth beginning, by very briefly restating the Cardinal Principles of Kenya’s engagement with the rest of the world. Kenya espouses a rules-based ethos, which we deploy in all our external relations. We uphold this ethos, because as a small country, rules matter. We cannot be reliable players and partners if we decide, willy-nilly to disregard the agreed foundation of civilized discourse and practice among nations. This philosophy frames our commitment to Peace Diplomacy- where we leverage our assets to ensure peace and security prevail in our region and beyond and in so doing protect Kenya’s sovereignty and territorial integrity; The Economic Pillar: where we assert that prosperity shared, affirms peace and stability, within and without our borders- and that a rising tide, lifts all boats. Prosperity in our region insures prosperity for all, hence the importance of regional and economic integration, see for example in the Africa Continental Free Trade Area(ACFTA); The Environmental Pillar: the United Nations located in Nairobi, the only UN Headquarters in the global South, housing the United Nations Environment Programme and UN Habitat. We cherish this reality and further posit that we hold our flora and fauna in trust, as the common heritage of mankind. This biodiversity has also enhanced our continent as a tourist destination. In securing this trust, we will continue working with all to combat climate change and other harmful policies and practices that damage our environment; The Cultural Pillar: aims to extoll Africa’s cultural wealth, past, present and future and assert an Affirmative African Narrative, that leads to a clearer mindset about our past and a more robust projection of this rich varied culture into the future. We are a rich tapestry of mixed heritage rooted in timeless origins. That is why we warmly embrace and support Africa’s Champion and Chair of the African Union Council of Peers of the Arts, Culture and Heritage, the President of Mali, His Excellency Boubacar Keita -He has invited President Kenyatta to be a Co -Chair- he has humbly accepted; The Diaspora Pillar: Protecting and promoting the interests of ALL Kenyans abroad and reaffirming our common ancestry with African descendants in diaspora.

 

Building Bridges Initiative

 

  1. The past ten years have re-affirmed Kenya’s democratic credentials. Indeed, Africa is in an enviable position where the pursuit and entrenchment of democracy and its precepts is the norm rather than the exception. In other parts of the world we see democracy in retreat. Kenya’s democratic journey continues to evolve.  The “handshake” has become the epitome and evolving standard in shaping political systems and outcomes to suit socio-cultural and economic realities in Kenya.  We realize that a one-size-fits-all straitjacket cannot work.  Templates will not solve our problems. Each of us have to tweak our systems to match the aspirations of the most common denominator.  This quest is what underpins and anchors the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which aims to comprehensively address both historical and emerging national challenges, to ensure predictable political competition that is democratic and inclusive in our ethnic, religious and regional diversity.

 

  1. The Presidential Task Force to evaluate and recommend reform proposals thereafter submitted a report on ‘Building Bridges to a United Kenya’ which was subsequently launched on Wednesday 27th November, 2019 at the BOMAS of Kenya, in Karen, in your distinguished presence. This report was presented to the public to prompt public discourse on the future of Kenya. Consequently, BBI rallies have been held in Kisii County, Kakamega County, Mombasa County, Kitui County, Narok County and will continue Nation-wide to elicit public participation. We will keep you informed on material outcomes when available.

 

 

RECENT HIGH-LEVEL VISITS/IMPENDING ONES

 

  1. The President of Germany held a successful State Visit to Kenya from 23rd to 27th February 2020. During his visit he reaffirmed Germany’s commitment in continuing its robust partnership with Kenya as the first country to establish relations with independent Kenya in 1963.He rededicated Germany’s focus on Agriculture, Health and Youth support especially on TVET, including KIST in neighbouring Kiambu County. He further pledged his country’s support for humanitarian action including the building of secure accommodation in Kakuma Refugee Camp. On Peace and Security, the German Head of State reaffirmed support for regional security initiatives including AMISOM and pledged to work towards securing more funding for the force. He also proffered enhanced support for the Humanitarian Peace Support School HPSS in Embakasi as a fine example of partnership in peace support operations especially in capacity building in dealing with new asymmetric threats occasioned by innovation in terrorist methods.

 

Kenya and the Region

 

  1. Excellencies, the world as we know it today is faced with near intractable complexities that undermine our common aspirations for prosperity, peace and security. Despite the persistent asymmetric activity occurring in unilateral action; spreading protectionism; terrorism and violent extremism; biological threats and disease pandemics such as COVID 19; ecological disasters such as the locust plague, Kenya will continue to work closely with all partner countries to collectively pursue solutions to address these contemporary challenges.  More than ever before, partnership between states is imperative.

 

  1. In South Sudan, we celebrate with people of South Sudan and warmly commend the efforts of H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit for demonstrating leadership by dissolving the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and making initial appointments, including his Vice President HE Riak Machar to the Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU). Let us all support these important first steps. We urge the international community to continue exhibiting goodwill and support to ensure the successful implementation of the peace process.

 

  1. In Somalia, we continue to work within AMISOM to facilitate Somalia peace building efforts including the imminent elections. We continue to play a measured and constructive role in laying the foundation for Somalia’s future security and prosperity. We call for a de-escalation of the rhetoric and a renewed focus on stabilizing and consolidating democratic and security gains made. 

 

33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union

 

  1. Excellencies, as you are aware, the 33rd African Union Summit was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 6th to 10th, February, 2020. It was an honour to represent H.E. the President in this important Assembly, as my first assignment abroad after taking on the mantle of the Foreign Minister. Let me seize this opportunity, once again to congratulate the Arab Republic of Egypt for steering the AU so well in 2019 and to reiterate Kenya’s appreciation for the role that Egypt played in spearheading our collective commitment to unity as we define the future of our continent. In the same vein Kenya welcomes and congratulates the Republic of South Africa as the new Chair of the AU and wish to assure of our dedication and support as we seek to Silence the Guns in Africa and promote shared prosperity through economic integration of our continent, while scrupulously upholding the letter and spirit of the AU’s Constitutive Act-with its firm commitment to the rules we collectively agreed to abide by. This common goal is well articulated by H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa that we seek a “Africa that is prosperous and at peace with itself.”

 

  1. Some of the highlights from the successful 33rd AU Summit were:

 

  • Silencing The Guns; The Summit was held on a highly ambitious theme for the continental body ‘Silencing the Guns by 2020.’ The debates on the theme underscored the need to deal with the root causes of conflicts in Africa and the imperative to build concerted efforts to address challenges to peace and security in Africa including terrorism and violent extremism. The Summit concluded with a resounding commitment to resolve protracted conflicts in Africa and to unlock the continent’s economic potential mainly through its economic integration agenda enshrined in the AfCFTA process. Towards this end, South Africa will host an extra ordinary AU Summit on ‘Silencing the Guns’ in May, 2020.We welcome and support this effort and will participate.

 

  • Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA); In adopting the Report by President of Niger, who is the Champion of the Africa’s economic integration, the Summit undertook to fast-track the operationalization of the AfCFTA. Kenya welcomed the election of Mr. Wamkele Mene as the first Secretary General of the Accra based Headquarters. H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta is a leader in Africa’s integration project and a committed Pan-Africanist seeking to strengthen Africa’s unity and beyond to include stronger collaboration with peoples of African descent.

 

  • IGAD Summit; The 34th Extraordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government held on the margins of the AU Summit deliberated on the situation in South Sudan and agreed to support political transition in the country within the deadline of 22nd February, 2020. The IGAD Summit also agreed to a regional framework to deal with the locust invasion and to implement the measures recommended by Kenya including calling for international support to deal with the threat as well as the strengthening of the regional efforts to address desertification.

 

  • Africa Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA); E. the President took over the 7th Chair of ALMA from His Majesty, King Mswati of Eswatini, for a 2-year period. The Chairmanship presents opportunity for the President to drive the continent’s efforts to accelerate progress and end Malaria as part of improved health outcomes in line with the Africa We Want, Agenda 2063.

 

  • Africa Arts and Culture Champion; E. the President assumed a co-chairing role with the President of Mali as African Champions for Arts and Culture in a Council of the African Union. The Council is expected to promote the implementation of the 2019 Charter on African Cultural Renaissance.

 

  • Africa-CARICOM Summit; The AU Summit welcomed and adopted President Kenyatta’s proposal agreeing on the Declaration on Promoting Closer collaboration and Cooperation between the African Union, the African Diaspora (6th Region), People of African Descent and the Caribbean and Pacific Regions. In fulfilling our commitment towards this end, Kenya is ready to host the Africa-CARICOM Summit in June, 2020.

 

Kenya’s UNSC Bid

 

  1. Excellencies, Kenya’s endorsement as Africa’s candidate for a non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council for the 2021-2022 period, was reaffirmed at the recent 36th AU Executive Council Meeting. Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the AU, as Chair of the PRC, submitted the Report of the PRC to the Council in which the decision to endorse Kenya was unequivocally declared as “fully completed’’ and confirmed. This was further by the opinion of the Legal Counsel of the African Union dated 5th November, 2019.  The reality of our endorsement is not in question. We invite all to respect the African Union Process with clear decision.  Let us abide by the rules of the game. If you agree on the rules, processes and outcomes you cannot have a change of mind and seek to upset a valid process through misinformation. The ramifications of not playing by the rules are immense.

 

  1. Our global campaign is on good course and we continue to receive overwhelming endorsement and assurance of support by regional groupings and individual countries, not only because of our own credentials as a trusted member of the international community, but equally, importantly, arising from strong solidarity within Africa.

 

  1. I again seek your support and request you to vote overwhelmingly for Kenya during elections to take place on 17th June, 2020 in New. Kenya is a safe pair of hands; we are ready to serve and we will deliver on our commitment as a member of the international community.

 

  1. I look forward to engaging with you all as we continue to promote to the world.  Africa’s values and principle through our endorsed candidature.  

 

United Nations 2020 Oceans Conference

 

  1. Excellencies, the Governments of Kenya and Portugal championed the UN General Assembly Resolution 73/292 adopted in May 2019 to convene the United Nations 2020 Oceans conference. The first United Nations Conference was held in June 2017 which successfully raised awareness on the state of the oceans and seas. This was succeeded by the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference here in Nairobi in November 2018, whose focus was predicated on the productivity and sustainability of Oceans, Seas, Lakes, Rivers and other Water Bodies. The Conference gave rise to over 191 commitments and led to the adoption of the Nairobi Statement of Intent. Noteworthy was the statement by H.E. President Yoweri Museveni articulating the importance of the Blue Economy by equating the Blue Economy Conference as a dialogue about ‘life’.

 

  1. This year from 2nd – 6th June 2020, in Lisbon, Portugal, the United Nations 2020 Conference will accord the international community an opportunity to bring about a new generation of concrete and ambitious commitments to help forge new, inclusive and effective partnerships to support the implementations of Sustainable Development Goal 14: ‘To conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and maritime resources for sustainable development’. Invitations have been sent out through the Office of the United Nations Secretary General to all Heads of State and Government of the UN member states. We look forward to your active participation and sustainable outcomes.

 

Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG)

 

  1. As Co-chair of the C-MAG, Kenya looks forward to host the 56th Session on the 31st of March, 2020 here in Nairobi. I am confident this will contribute to the ongoing debate on enhancing the effectiveness of the Commonwealth in delivering the collective interests of the members states. The meeting will also deliberate on the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in from 22nd– 27th June 2020, in Kigali, Rwanda.

 

PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES

REVITALIZATION OF THE HOST COUNTRY LIAISON COMMITTEE

 

  1. I am fully briefed on the challenges you have been facing in implementing your mandate as diplomats in Kenya. I am happy to announce that great progress has been made under the tutelage of Ambassador Sam Getonga. We will facilitate him to continue delivering on his important remit. Two Town Hall meetings were held on Thursday 27th February 2020 between the relevant Government agencies and the Diplomatic Corps. On Friday 28th February a second Town Hall Meeting for UNON, Regional and International Organizations was held. Together, both had over 260 participants. I know this outfit in the Ministry has approved over 3500 cases for VAT reimbursement up from a few hundred, since last September. We are still trying to clear the backlog. I am also aware that some other issues require more focus. These include:

                             

  • Difficulties faced in the issuance of Dependency Passes
  • Delays in VAT reimbursements
  • Difficulties in the registration of vehicles and issuance of Drivers licences for Diplomats
  • Delays in issuance of Diplomatic ID cards
  • High electricity bills
  • High cost of Work Permits for Local Staff
  • Non – functional Components of the Integrated Protocol Management Information System (IPMIS).
  • Security Concerns for Diplomatic Staff.

 

I strongly reaffirm my personal commitment and that of my Ministry’s commitment to serving the Diplomatic Corps, UNON, International and Regional Organizations much much better, including the revitalization of the HOST COUNTRY LIAISON COMMITTEE.

 

  1. In conclusion, I look forward to working closely with each one of you, directly and through my staff as we continue to nurture and promote Kenya’s relations with your respective countries and organizations. In this regard, I will seize every opportunity available to engage each one of you on important issues. I will schedule initial meetings with Regional Groupings and then on a case-by-case basis depending on the matter. I have a very competent group of directors who I request you to work very closely with. Do not wait to see me when the matter can be quickly resolved by my senior staff. Inevitably any matter raised with them gets to me immediately. Work with them, PS Macharia and PDS Amolo as well. We are a team.  That is why I wish all Directors to stand up and be formally introduced by PDS Amolo.  (Pause – introductions made). We will get the job done. I assure you that under my leadership, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will avail every opportunity possible to engage with the diplomatic corps as we collectively build Kenya’s ties with other countries and the international community.

 

 2nd March, 2020

 THE CABINET SECRETARY