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REVEALED: Why Uhuru Kenyatta is in Cuba [VIDEO]

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

President Uhuru Kenyatta early Wednesday morning travelled to Cuba for a three day State visit aimed at strengthening collaboration and cooperation in health, sports, the blue economy and trade.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said President Kenyatta’s visit will also seek to explore and expand further areas of cooperation for mutual benefit.

During the visit, Kenya hopes to learn vital lessons behind Cuba’s success in its well-developed preventive health care system including the discovery of vaccines against lung cancer, the eradication of Malaria and a thriving pharmaceutical industry.

As a result of these milestones in health, the World Health Organization has declared Cuba as a nation with a Model Health Care, a status that Kenya hopes to learn from and achieve under President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.

The Big four agenda, which is aimed at boosting Kenya’s Development focuses on four deliverables that include accessible universal health care alongside manufacturing, affordable housing and food security.

Mr Manoah said Cuba is also keen in registering and selling its pharmaceutical products in the Kenyan market and President Kenyatta will encourage the Caribbean Nation to set up a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Kenya to serve the larger East and Central Africa regional markets.

Other areas of engagement that the President will explore with his Cuban hosts, said Manoah, include building the Kenyan capacity and increasing the number of specialists in orthopaedic surgery, oncology, neurology, and trauma management.

Kenya is also interested to collaborate with Cuba in research on cancer, drugs for diabetes and eradication of Malaria.

The President will seek Cuba’s support in several areas of sports development including capacity building and training in boxing, volleyball and track events while the latter nation will seek cooperation and support for its athletes and coaches to train in Kenya’s renown High-Altitude facilities.

The Republic of Cuba is the largest and most populous Caribbean Island Nation whose neighbours include Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Haiti. Its population stands at over 11 million people.

Cuba boasts the second highest literacy rate in the world standing at 99.8 per cent. The Island nation is home to some 47 universities and 23 medical institutions.

Havana, the largest metropolis, serves as the capital city, leading commercial centre and also constitutes one of Cuba’s 15 provinces.

The plane carrying the Head of State and his entourage taxied off at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) shortly after 12.00 am.

Deputy President William Ruto, the Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka led a host of Members of parliament and senior government officials in seeing off the President.

PSCU contributed to this report.

 

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Con alert: This man is duping job seekers with Qatar jobs

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Police in Nairobi arrested a man who can been conning people on posting them jobs to Qatar.
Joseph Kipkoech Keino was arrested on Monday afternoon and is set to be arraigned in court on Tuesday.
Police did not disclose how many people conned and how much money he had obtained, only saying he will be charged with obtaining money by false pretense.

Joseph Kipkoech Keino at DCI headquarters. PHOTO | COURTESY

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Your Kenyan passport will be invalid from September 2019

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You will not be able to travel with your passport after October 2019, the Department of Immigration has said.

Dr Dan Opon, the Senior Assistant Director of Immigration said on Monday that the current Kenyan passport will expire on September 1 so Kenyans should acquire e-passports by March next year.

“No country will accept the current passport from September next year,” Dr Opon said when launching a new report on free and safe movement in East Africa.

Dr Opon said the department has started implementing the announcement President Uhuru Kenyatta made last year.

“The government’s efforts to promote regional integration by opening up territorial access to migrants is evidence of our position and commitment. To this end, the Department of Immigration is developing a National Migration Policy framework and has harmonised classification of work permits and encourage free movement of persons within the East African Community,” he said.

The government is also establishing the National Coordination Mechanism on migration. It will serve as a forum for all migration stakeholders, ministries, the academia and the civil society to engage with bilateral and multilateral partners on promoting safe and orderly migration in the region.

The government is also working in partnership with the University of Nairobi to develop a curriculum for a post-graduate diploma that will be launched in November.

Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda developed a coalition of the willing that allows citizens of the three countries to travel using their national identity cards.

Dr Opon noted, however, that a single visa territory within the East African Community remains elusive because the harmonisation of immigration practices and policies is yet to happen.

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CNN’s Quest ‘more than impressed’ in Nairobi

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Gliding into Nairobi’s airport early on Monday morning, the first thing I noticed was the light. Even over the terminal buildings, it was just gorgeous. I was back in Africa.

Almost immediately, my reasons for coming were further reinforced.

Yes, there were queues at immigration, but no more than one might find during a busy period at JFK or Heathrow.

Perhaps it felt a little chaotic, with some confusion in arrivals about where exactly passengers should go and what was required of them. But overall it worked. The staff was excellent and determined to help.

The building was modern, clean, attractive and made sense. The lines outside for taxis and Ubers were neat and orderly.

Of course, once I began my journey into the city by road, the cliche of traffic-clogged streets revealed itself to be true.

At one point I was able to hop out of the car to stretch and remove my jacket, with no fear whatsoever that my driver would gain more than a few inches of ground on me.

As we reached the city centre, that cliche was overtaken by something else though: a sense that Nairobi’s citizens take pride in their home.

The flowerbeds and neatly trimmed trees, the new roads, the signs, the general respect for other road users. There is something both gentle and genteel about it.

We spent the afternoon in Karura Forest. If you wanted something to underscore this sense of pride you would be hard pushed to find a more pristine example.

Here is a park that rivals New York’s Central Park, London’s Hyde Park, or Sydney’s botanic gardens.

Of course I discovered Karura’s remarkable history, learned about its sometimes checkered, shady past, the land grabbers, and the ultimately successful campaign to save it for the people. But more than that, I saw a place that Kenyans have taken to their hearts. This is a place that is ring-fenced, literally and figuratively, for ordinary Nairobians to enjoy. We saw couples hand in hand, joggers, women walking alone. We also saw wildlife, different species of monkey, all kinds of birds, all around us. It was safe, spotlessly clean, peaceful and completely beautiful. All this, just minutes away from the city centre.

I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting this. Our guide told us that 37,000 people visited Karura last month. I can see why.  I’m more than impressed.

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