President Kenyatta Arrives In Juba

The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in Juba ahead of his meeting with his counterpart and host President Salva Kiir Mayardit and subsequent continuation to the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa.

 President Kenyatta Arrives In Juba
South Sudan President Salva Kiir (L) with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta (R) in Nairobi during the presidential inauguration in April 2013. [PPS File]

By Francis Apiliga Lagu

Juba, 23 May 2013 (Gurtong) -Kenyatta on arrival was welcomed by President Kiir and they jointly headed to J-One where they are set to meet.

This is the very first time Mr. Kenyatta is visiting South Sudan as president of Kenya. The two presidents are expected to discuss vital diplomatic ties.

Details of this visit are expected in a joint press conference after the two Heads of States meeting in Juba.

President Kenyatta will be brief in South Sudan’s capital as he connects to Ethiopia shortly after meeting Kiir to attend the African Union (AU) meeting.

The security along the Ministries-Airport road has been beefed as early as 10:00am ahead of the Kenyan leader’s visit.

Kenya, the largest East African economy is also politically a very important country to South Sudan because it played a crucial role in hosting the peace accords especially the Naivasha one (Comprehensive Peace Agreement) in 2005 that ended the over two decades of civil war between the mainly Christian south and the successive Islamic Khartoum regimes.

South Sudan lost nearly two million in the liberation struggle and nearly four million people were displaced. 

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The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected in South Sudan on Thursday to discuss vital diplomatic ties with his counterpart and host President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

This is the very first time Mr. Kenyatta is visiting South Sudan as president of Kenya. “President Kenyatta will be in South Sudan briefly to discuss bilateral issues with Kiir before heading to Addis Ababa for the African Union meeting,” Dr. Barnaba Benjamin Marial told Radio Miraya.

 “President Kiir has urged all of us to welcome Kenyatta and give him a good reception,” Dr Marial added.

Kenya, the largest East African economy is also politically a very important country to South Sudan because it played a crucial role in hosting the peace accords especially the Naivasha one (Comprehensive Peace Agreement) in 2005 that ended the over two decades of civil war between the mainly Christian south and the successive Islamic Khartoum regimes.

South Sudan lost nearly two million in the liberation struggle and nearly four million people were displaced.

 On Monday, the Acting National Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mr Kwong Danhier Gatluak, hailed the good relations between the Republic of Kenya and the Republic of South Sudan.

Hon Kwong said Kenya had not only played a crucial role in the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which resulted in independence for South Sudan but had continued to support human capacity development in the country through various forms of technical assistance.

The Deputy Minister said South Sudan had benefited from the Kenya Technical Assistance Programme and the RSS/Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Capacity Enhancement Initiative in which Kenya was a critical contributor of skilled manpower alongside Uganda and Ethiopia.

Hon Kwong was speaking at the Juba International Airport when he led a high-powered government delegation to bid farewell to 42 Civil Service Support Officers (CSSOs) who have completed their two-year tour of duty in South Sudan under the RSS/IGAD Project.

He said a good number of the CSSOs were medical doctors and nurses who were attached to various government hospitals in the states, adding that they had done a good job there.

Among those who accompanied the Minister to see off the CSSOs were the UNDP Country Director, Mr Balazs Hovarth, the Kenyan Ambassador in South Sudan, Mr Cleland Leshore, the Coordinator of the Kenya South Sudan Liaison Office, Mr Maurice Nyamunga and the Public Service Undersecretary, Mrs Angeth Acol de Dut.
 

 

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