Kenyatta Tightens Bond With African Leaders


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viagra geneva; font-size: small;”>The plane carrying the President and his entourage touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 8.00 p.m.

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On arrival, the Head of State was received by the Deputy President, William Ruto, Chief of Defence Forces, General Julius Karangi, Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo among other senior Government officials.

The Summit coincided with the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Organisation of African Unity /African Union (OAU/AU).

In his inaugural speech during the Summit, President Kenyatta called on African countries to invest towards wealth and job creation. This, he said will stimulate greater African social-economic development.

The Head of State added that African states must also avail the requisite resources to the African Union Commission to enable it implement programmes that promote peace and advance development of the continent.

President Kenyatta further asked member states to successfully utilize the youthful and energetic population of the continent to spur greater development.

The President pointed out that by building on the current growth momentum and transformation in Africa, the continent could become a world leader in economic development, social progress and political enlightenment.

While speaking during the 50th celebrations, the President observed that Africa must develop its economies, democratize governance, manage it diversity and ensure equitable distribution of resources in order to secure its future in the face of complex challenges facing the continent.

He added that the next 50 years would be a period of renewal and called for innovative ways to manage diversity while strengthening state structures in the continent.


While in Addis Ababa, on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) Summit, President Kenyatta also held bilateral talks with Presidents Mohammed Morsi of Egypt, Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Joyce Banda of Malawi, Ghanaian President John Mahama and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

On the way to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, President Kenyatta had made a stop-over at Juba, South Sudan where he also held bilateral talks with President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

During the talks the two leaders agreed to fast-track the implementation of the Lamu Port – Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) project.

The Head of State was accompanied to the Summit by the First Lady, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta, who attended the 12th meeting of Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) in Addis Ababa.

In her maiden speech, the First Lady pledged to wage a vigorous campaign against the spread of HIV/AIDS and to conquer stigma and discrimination against people living with the disease. She also expressed desire to use her position and influence in society to champion the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Mrs. Kenyatta praised members of OAFLA for their commitment to a great and noble cause in the last ten years adding that she was delighted to join them in the war against the Aids scourge.

The President was also accompanied to the Summit by the Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, Taveta MP Naomi Shaaban among other senior Government officials.


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