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VIDEO: Uhuru posts 13 new ambassadors to different countries

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President Uhuru Kenyatta today urged 13 newly appointed envoys to promote friendly, broad and solid partnerships with all the countries they have been accredited to.

He told the new ambassadors and High Commissioners to go beyond the routine diplomatic relations and seek greater opportunities that create jobs and training opportunities for the youth and greater markets for value-added agricultural commodities from Kenya.

President Kenyatta told the new diplomats to leverage on their knowledge and understanding of our country to promote the Big Four agenda that focuses on manufacturing, universal healthcare, affordable housing and food security.

The Head of State spoke at State House, Nairobi where he hosted the new envoys to a luncheon before bidding them farewell to their new stations.

“I expect a great deal from you to achieve our agenda. We expect much more than the routine diplomatic relations. I expect results that are better,” the President told the new ambassadors.

He added: ‘You are the voice of our country through engagements that promote good partnerships in trade, investment and the blue economy,”

The President told the new ambassador-designate to Belgium Prof, Jacob Kaimenyi to ensure Kenya retains the big market it enjoys within the European Union.

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Turning to Cuba whose 100 specialist doctors have already arrived in the country, the President told ambassador-designate Anthony Muchiri to continue the ongoing partnership to enable training of more Kenyan doctors in the Island nation.

The President told the new envoys to Netherlands and France , Lawrence Lenayapa and Prof Judy Wakhungu respectively to seek greater partnerships with their respective countries of accreditation over the blue economy initiative and which Kenya will be host an international conference later in the year.

The President said France also remains Kenya’s great partner in the green Energy sector and told Prof. Wakhungu to pursue further partnerships with the same zeal she used to eradicate the menace on plastics when she served as Cabinet Secretary for Environment.

He told the new High Commissioner to New Delhi Willy Bett to use his huge knowledge and skills in Agriculture to open the Indian market for Kenya’s products, training for the youth and value addition for our agricultural commodities.

On her part, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Monica Juma noted that the new ambassadors had been taken through vetting and training and she was confident they would deliver on the objectives and pursue national interests expected of them.

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“We expect you to promote, project and protect Kenya’s national interest all the time. In your endeavor to build mutually beneficial ties and strategic partnerships, you are expected to preserve the dignity and honour of your homeland,” the CS told the diplomats.

The other High Commissioners were Kiema Kilonzo ( Uganda), Dr. Willy Machage (Nigeria) ,Mohammed Shidiye ( Botswana) and Dan Kazungu (Tanzania).

Former Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu will represent Kenya at the UN-Geneva as a Permanent Representative, Dr.Hassan Wario at UN-Vienna as the ambassador designate and Richard Ekai as the new ambassador to Russia.

Ambassador Phyllis Kandie proceeds to Paris as Kenya’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO.

PCSU contributed to this story

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67 Kenyans in held in US prisons

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At least 67 Kenyans are wasting away in US prisons over immigration and customs misconduct, data released by America’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detainees shows.

The data for June, 2018 shows that 14 Kenyans are inmates in Texas, Seven in Georgia, six in Minnesota and four in Washington DC.

Others are in unidentified Cities.

The latest numbers put Kenya in 9th position among African countries whose citizens are held in US prisons for flouting customs and immigration regulations.

Cameroon leads with the highest number of inmates having 294 of its citizens in custody.

Eritrea comes in second with 257, Nigeria (250), Somalia (205), Liberia (135), Guinea (113), Ghana (103), DRC (101), Gambia (83), and Ethiopia has 69.

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Kenyans will not require visa to SA for short term visits.

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Kenyan business and academia community travelling to South Africa will now be issued with multiple entry visas valid for up to 10 years while frequent travelers will be eligible for 3-year multiple entry visas effective December 1, 2018.

The country agreed to ease visa application rules and entry conditions for the above categories following extensive deliberations between the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Dr Fred Matiang’i, and South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, in Pretoria earlier today.

Government officials travelling on official business to South Africa will be granted 3 months free VISA with immediate effect.

Currently, Africans visiting Kenya for a period of less than 30 days do not require Kenyan visas while those intending to stay longer are issued with visas on arrival at the point of entry or through the online e-visa platform.

The Kenyan Government’s proposal of issuance of study visas based on the duration of studies and renewal on application when need arises was also granted for Kenyans pursuing studies in South Africa.

According to a statement sent to newsrooms from the government, technical officers from both countries were also tasked with finding ways of reducing travel restrictions, with a view of completely removing short term (180 days) and transit visa requirements for nationals from the two countries with ordinary passports. The technical teams have three months to complete their assignment.

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The two countries have also agreed to step up joint efforts in combating illegal immigration and also protect the integrity of each other’s travel documents.

Kenya’s immigration department has in the recent past stepped up efforts to streamline immigration services through automation of immigration services, digitization of immigration records, and the establishment of the e-passport system.

“The governments are also in consultation on the strategies to mitigate transnational crimes, especially human trafficking and smuggling emanating from elsewhere in the continent and beyond,” read the statement in part.

The Cabinet Secretary was accompanied by the Principal Secretary in the State Department for Immigration, Border Control and Citizen Services, Dr Gordon Kihalangwa and Kenya’s High Commisioner to South Africa, Amb. Jean Kamau.

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PHOTOS: Woman Leaks Messages Between Self And Comedian Jalang’o

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Kenyan Comedian cum radio-show host Felix Odwour, who is popularly known as Jalang’o aka Jalas is on the spot after a lovely lady who seems to have some beef with him leaked their intimate talks online.

Tuko, a polpular Kenyan online publication is reporting that the  lady in question has been identified as Taina Mumira.

Ms Mumira has been talking to the Milele FM morning show host for a while now with their conversations dating back to April this year (2018). At some point, the two refer to each other as “babe, hun.”

But according to Tuko, the beauty has been rejecting the comedian’s advances and thinks he is “desperate.”

Asked whether she has dated Jalas, Ms Mumira said: “No, who would want to be with someone who looks so desperate.”

Jalang’o is yet to respond to the allegations.

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