54th Jamuhuri Day Celebration in the UK .

Updated : The official Kenyan High Commission Press Release :

The High Commissioner of Kenya to the United Kingdom H.E. Lazarus Amayo, today, 12 December 2017 led Kenyans in the UK and friends of Kenya in celebrating the 54th Jamhuri Day Anniversary in London.  The well-attended lunch hour function was graced by Hon. Rory Stewart OBE MP, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office who is also the Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border as the chief guest. The principal guests were Hon. Jeremy Lefroy, Chairman of All Party Parliamentary Group on Kenya & the Member of Parliament for Stafford and Lord David Chidgey, Chairman of All Party Parliamentary Group on Africa. It was also attended by Honourable Members of Parliament from the House of Commons and the House of Lords, senior officials of Her Majesty’s Government, High Commissioners and Ambassadors, Heads of International Organisations, Corporate Chief Executives and the Kenyan Diaspora among others.

While addressing the more than 400 participants, the Chief Guest Hon. Rory Stewart congratulated the Government of Kenya led by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta for showing respect to constitutionalism and the rule of law during the just concluded general elections noting that Kenya had exhibited mature and vibrant democracy. He congratulated Kenyans on the occasion of the independence anniversary and thanked the Government of Kenya and its people for the precious, strong and intimate relationship that Kenya and the UK have been able to develop over the last 54 years and hoped that the next half century will be more successful.  The Hon Minister further stated that the United Kingdom will continue partnering with Kenya in implementing its development agenda and for regional peace and stability.

Lord David Chidgey congratulated Kenyans and friends of Kenya noting that a lot has changed since1963 both in Kenya and the United Kingdom.  He reiterated that it is time Africa and indeed Kenya’s voice is heard again. He stated that even though Kenya has had a challenging year, there is so much promise, talent and a lot to admire in Kenya today. “Just like Britain, Kenyans are best placed to achieve their goals by their own efforts and should not allow politics to let them down,” he said. He lauded the connections that Kenya and the UK have through the Commonwealth Community and called for the two countries to play a full role during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April 2018 in order to achieve the desired objectives.

While addressing the gathering, the Hon. Jeremy Lefroy said that Kenya has huge potential noting that the country is now Africa’s leading exporter of tea, coffee, and other products. Further, he stated that Kenya and the UK have a lot in common in values which the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kenya would like to build on. He noted that the Parliamentary Group will pursue, in addition to traditional areas, more collaboration in Agriculture, Manufacturing, Science, and research among other fields. He further congratulated Kenyans and wished them a very happy independence day and a prosperous 2018.

In his address, the High Commissioner Mr. Lazarus Amayo welcomed the guests and took the opportunity to explain the significance of twelfth December in Kenya’s national calendar as it is the day when the country gained its independence in 1963 and become a Republic a year later on the same day in 1964. He added that the country has now made tremendous progress especially in the Economic, Social and Political pillars of its development agenda.

Amb. Amayo reiterated that the Government of Kenya is committed to continue implementing policies that will further transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, upper middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens in a clean and secure environment. Kenya attained the lower middle-income country status in September 2014 after re-basing.

He noted that in line with its democratic practice, Kenya holds its elections every five years and this year’s General elections were conducted in August where H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner. He added that the results were contested and the Supreme Court on 1st September 2017 nullified them and directed a repeat of the Presidential election which was subsequently held on 26th October 2017.

“President Kenyatta was again declared the winner in the repeat poll and was subsequently sworn in last week on 28th November 2017. This is a testimony of the commitment of the Government and the people of Kenya to constitutionalism, the rule of law, separation of powers,  respect for independent institutions and human life as well as democratic resilience” he added. He further called upon Kenyans to work for country stability, prosperity, its unity and for citizens to continue living in peace and harmony especially after the last general elections.

The High Commissioner also highlighted the declaration by the Head of State during his inauguration speech in which he stated that Kenya is a proud member of the community of nations, and will always endeavor to remain a force for good. He added that in recognition of free movement of people as the cornerstone of Pan-African brotherhood and fraternity that H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that any African wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive a visa at the port of entry without attaching it on reciprocity. “Already Kenya has this provision of Visa on arrival with many of its development partners including the United Kingdom. It is worth noting that with respect to  our commitment to East Africa Community and regional integration, the President directed that citizens from EAC member states who are currently Visa exempt would only need an identity card to work, do business, and settle in Kenya ” he added.

The Head of Mission also stated that Kenya’s trade, investment and economic relations with the UK continue to grow from strength to strength, the UK being not only a significant development partner but also the largest foreign investor in Kenya from Europe and the largest source of tourist arrivals. He added that Kenya is keen to increase the volume and value of trade and equally diversify its exports to the UK.

The High Commissioner thanked the co-sponsors of this year’s reception; the Kenya Society, the World Remit and the Equity Bank, for their support that contributed positively to the success of the event.  He gave special thanks to the Chief Guest Hon Stewart and Principal Guests Lord Chidgey and Hon. Lefroy for accepting to grace the celebrations. He also thanked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in particular, the Africa Directorate, several Ministries in the UK Government, the business community, various universities, the civil society organizations, the Diasporas and staff at the High Commission for supporting the High Commission execute its mandate.

Souce :http://kenyahighcom.org.uk/kenyans-in-the-united-kingdom-celebrate-the-54th-jamhuri-day-in-london/

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Jim Nyamu to Walk from London to Bristol United Kingdom.

Jim is no ordinary Kenyan . According to Wikipedia : Jim Nyamu (middle name: Justus), of Nairobi, Kenya, is an elephant research scientist and activist against poaching and trade in ivory. Nyamu is executive director at the Elephant Neighbors Center (ENC) and is leader of the movement, Ivory Belongs to Elephants. He has also held positions at the African Conservation Centre and Kenya Wildlife Service. The ENC is a grass-roots collaborative and participatory research organization focused on enhancing the capacity of communities living with wildlife to promote interlinkages between species and their habitats.[1]

Nyamu walks in support of elephants, and has garnered local, national, and international media coverage.[2][3][4]

In September and October 2013, he walked 560 miles—from Boston, MA, to Washington, DC—culminating on 4 October in the Washington, DC, portion of an International March for Elephants, a worldwide event organized by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). The DSWT sponsored marches in 15 cities, ranging from London to Cape Town to Bangkok. Independently, sympathetic groups marched in about 25 other cities around the world.[2][3]

Jim Nyamu (center) was a featured speaker at the Washington, DC, International March for Elephants, held in many cities around the world. He had just finished a 560-mile walk from Boston, MA, which took him a month.

In February 2013, Nyamu walked from Mombasa to Nairobi (311 miles) and, during the months of May and June 2013, he walked from Maasai Mara to Nairobi (1,063 miles).[5] After his U.S. trek, he planned to head back to Africa to walk another 1,550 miles, from Uganda to Tanzania, ending up in Amboseli, Kenya.[2][6] One report indicates that he plans to walk another 5,000 kilometers (3,107 miles). He is quoted as saying “I will only stop when the world appreciates the fact that ivory belongs to elephants.”[7]

Nyamu attended the ivory crush, mandated by the Obama administration, on 14 November 2013 where 6 tons of ivory were destroyed in Denver, Colorado.[8][9] As part of the 2015 Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, held around the world 3 and 4 October,[10] 11-year-old Maddie Jabs organized a walk in her hometown of Saugerties, NY.[11] Jabs was inspired by meeting Nyamu during his 2013 walk from Boston, MA, to Washington, DC; she reportedly met up with Nyamu in New York City and walked three miles with him. According to a 30 October 2015, post in the website Coastweek.com, Nyamu and Kenya’s “anti-poaching protest team” completed a 260-km (162 miles) walk, which took 11 days and covered major towns around the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in southwest Kenya.[12] Nyamu’s walks were described in Modern Africa Guy 3 April 2016.[13] The article described Nyamu’s many conversations along his walks, the dangers he faces from those involved in the ivory trade, and current price ranges for ivory, which continue to drive the trade and endanger elephants.

His Latest Walk is aimed to engage the conversation in the UK with a 300 Mile walk across the South West of England Setting of From London. Jim set off with a Press statement From the High Commission office on the 30/11/2017 with a Two mile Set off Parade accompanied by H.E Lazrus Amayo the High Commisioner in the United Kingdom.

The Set off was at The Natural History Museum was fitting . The Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum is uniquely placed to share world-leading conservation expertise. Our collection comprises 80 million specimens, and our conservation work across the world .

Kenyans braced the rain to offer Moral support to Jim and his support team away from the Elephant Jungle to a more vibrant and cosmopolitan London .

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IMG_0416We would Like to urge all well wishers who have started having this very engaging Conversation to support Jim and his Charity to ensure the Elephant story remains relevant over Many generations to come .

 

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in for second term as Kenya’s president .

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“I … do swear … that I will always truly and diligently serve the people of the Republic of Kenya,” Kenyatta said with his hand on a Bible that had been used to swear in his father, founding president Jomo Kenyatta, at independence in 1963.

Kenyatta said the past few months “have been a trying time”, and he called for an end to hate and divisiveness.

“The elections are now firmly behind us … I will devote my time and energy to build bridges.”

He again criticised the supreme court’s nullification of his August election win, saying that “despite … being told that the processes matter more than your vote, we complied.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta has lifted restrictions on East Africans wishing to live and do business in Kenya. He says all East Africans need now is their national identification.

President Kenyatta also directed that Africans wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive a visa at the port of entry.

“As a mark of our continued commitment to you, our Brothers and Sisters in the East African Community; from today, you will be treated like Kenyans. Like your Kenyan brothers and sisters, you will need only your identity card,” he said, adding that “You can now work, do business; own property, farm and if you wish, and find a willing partner, you can marry and settle in Kenya.”

Kenyatta promised to work with leaders of the East African Community to bring a renewed energy and optimism to the union.

Kenyans In the Park 2017 London .

Kenyans from all the corners of the UK braved the Rain to Celebrate their Rich and Diverse cultural Heritage on Saturday the 29th/07/2017 . The event which despite the rain was full of Laughter and Glamour is organised by Kenya in the Park . The office of the High Commissioner was also represented .

The event organized by Ms. Lydia Olet and Ms. Mercy Kiminta was held at the Plaistow Park in London and was attended by people from Kenya, the United Kingdom, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Jamaica, among other nations. The event was graced by Mr. Washington Oloo, Director, Diaspora Affairs Division at Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Grace Cerere,  Ag. Deputy Head of Mission at the High Commission,  Mrs. Nelly Amayo, wife to the  High Commissioner of Kenya to the United Kingdom,  Cllr Elizabeth Kangethe, among others. (http://kenyahighcom.org.uk/celebrating-kenyan-culture-at-the-kenya-and-friends-in-the-park-2/)

Let me offer my Congratulations to the organisers and all the Kenyans who were able to attend . This is an event not to miss on your calendar for Kenyans living and working in the United Kingdom . It couldn’t have come at a better time when Kenyans around the world are yearning for peace and togetherness . The event reinforced the famous Motto . ” Harabee Pamoja ”

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Face of Kenya 2017 – 5th Anniversary

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Throughout the FOK campaign we hear from the youth and  leaders , founders of FOK foundations. For example, They share experience of community and provides examples of how to lift people out of poverty through access to sponsorship . FOK believes “exclusion leads to poverty” and shares that the FOK “vehicle for creating opportunities to those who have been excluded “philanthropy is a very personal initiative, which has to be conducted by your heart and not your head.

When we spoke to some of youth contestants our most generous regular givers, what emerged again and again was their sense of duty to give back to society and tackle inequality – the desire to use their own good fortune to help others.

This should be the driving motive of each and every one as a community. Face of Kenya is one amongst many platforms we could use . I am encouraged by the many charities benefiting from the efforts of the young men and women. Thank you to all those that made time to support or attend this year’s event .

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Janet , Ken and the entire team for a Job well done . Bring on FOK USA.

Charagita Ward Oljorok Constituency – Engaging The President .

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POLICY OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES

2.1 Rationale for developing the Policy

The Constitution of Kenya and the Kenya Vision 2030 recognise the potential of Kenyans Abroad in contributing to national development. This potential has not been fully exploited, partly due to the absence of a policy to engage them.  This policy, therefore, contains specific measures and interventions, including, the requisite legal and institutional framework that will be put in place to address past weaknesses that have impeded full participation and contribution of Kenyans Abroad in the development of the country.

Moreover, Kenyans Abroad are passionate about their homeland and are eager to share positive information about their country in their respective countries of residence, making it easy to leverage on their presence with a view to promoting Kenya’s tourism, export, image, culture and goodwill.

Further, it is noted that Kenya has a well-trained labour force. Past experience has shown that Kenyans who have gone to work in other countries have performed very well. With a constrained labour market in Kenya, it is imperative that Kenya plans to deliberately export its labour, and hence, put in place, the necessary regulatory framework that will protect Kenyans who migrate abroad under this arrangement. This will generate  the highly needed foreign exchange.

2.2 Policy Objectives

The broad objective of this policy is to mainstream and empower Kenyans Abroad to effectively make a significant contribution to the development of the country.  The main thrust of the policy, therefore, is to harness and maximize the potential of Kenyans Abroad to contribute to Kenya’s transformation agenda while at the same time meeting their needs and expectations through a mutually beneficial and lasting partnership.

The specific objectives of this Policy are to:- 1. Develop and implement strategies to engage, empower and  mainstream Kenyans Abroad  into national development process; 2. Mobilize Kenyans Abroad to form town, city or country specific umbrella associations  which have a national outlook  as well as regional and global umbrella associations for effective engagement and representation;
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3. Develop measures to enhance protection of Kenyans Abroad; 4. Develop mechanisms for dialogue and partnership  with Kenyans Abroad; and  5. Establish the necessary institutional mechanism for co-ordination and administration of issues affecting Kenyans Abroad. 2.3 Guiding Principles

This policy is based on the following principles:- a) Recognition of the important role played by Kenyans Abroad in the socioeconomic development of the country and the need to synergise the efforts of all stakeholders in the Diaspora issues;

b) Participation.  All the stakeholders will  be involved and fully participate in policy formulation together with all the issues that directly affect them, to enable appropriate responses that specific expectations into account;

c) Engagement: Kenyans abroad will continuously be engaged in the  implementation, monitoring and evaluation to provide feedback and facilitate timely policy interventions;

d) Empowerment -through this policy, Kenyans Abroad will be empowered to invest in Kenya, leverage remittances and deepen knowledge and technology transfer;

e) Coordination. This policy will provide a mechanism where all the activities relating to Kenyans abroad will be well coordinated among all the stakeholders to eliminate overlaps and duplication;

f) Gender and youth responsiveness- this principle will seek to recognize that a gender-balanced Policy can lead to appropriate responses that take specific expectations into account;

g) Decentralisation-in conformity with the Constitution of Kenya critical functions of the national Government have been devolved to the County Governments. Initiatives aimed at harnessing the potential of Kenyans Abroad will be facilitated for the mutual benefit all Kenyan, in and outside the country. The Ministry will work closely with County Governments to facilitate mutually beneficial engagements with Kenyans Abroad.

Jubilee Objectives as a party as per Manifesto :

BUILDING COMMUNITIES
Putting Kenyans First
The Jubilee Party is committed to helping all Kenyans build communities. We
want to ensure that no one is left behind as we work together to deliver growth
and prosperity that reaches and uplifts all Kenyans.
More Kenyans than ever before can now rely on continued electricity to light
their way and enable them to relax with their family, complete their school work
and continue economic activity into the evenings.

The Following is a Comparison of Two Nairobi and Charagita :

The Abject Poverty and Challenges is prevalent across The County . This is not a presidential fault .

The County Government and Local Leadership is failing in Most areas . We must engage Diaspora or Urban Communities to support this communities .

This is across the Nation with some areas just about Managing . The government must do the following to support :

1. Civic Education

2. Youth and Leadership empowerment Workshops .

3.New agricultural and Employment Strategies .

4.Support for community projects .

 

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Uhuru Kenyatta Meets Kenyans In the Diaspora :

H.E President Uhuru Emphasise the Progress and Steps taken by his government to implement and Integrate the Diaspora Policy . “As a community In the Diaspora the Remittances and support you give to families and community Projects is really appreciated.”

Highlighting the challenges the IEBC had to ensure Kenyans in the Diaspora could play a part . “Devolution has its own challenges with good leadership a lot can be achieved “. The diaspora must and should continue to offer support where possible , He was impressed with Professor Langat’s Incentive and Initiative on research on Pyrethrum as an Alternative agriculturAl product.

Earlier Councilor Kangethe of Barking and Dagenham had read a speech highlighting the Issue of Dual Citizenship which the President Directed the Attorney General who was Present to take Personal charge . Mr Shihundu to Commended the President on the Continued Support for Kenyan Diplomats to International Duties , He cited the Recent Secondment of CS Amina Mohammed Who has been an Exemplary example Foreign Affairs Secretary .

The presidents Meet was very rushed due to other Commitment . Overall Kenyan Representatives were grateful for the opportunity and remain confident that the work to have a single umbrella body representing the Kenyan Community can be found . Quote H.E Lazarus Amayo High Commissioner . The High Commissioner recognised a few Kenyans who had made milestones in their Career Path Amongst them 3 professorsIMG_7439 IMG_7434 IMG_7430 IMG_7447 IMG_7423 IMG_7422 IMG_7419 IMG_7415 IMG_7436 IMG_7410 , 3 councillors he also paid a special tribute to the founder and organiser of Face Of Kenya UK  - Janet Wainaina and Ken ukentv.

The President was today hosted By Prince William at Buckingham Palace as part of his official Trip.

President Uhuru In London for the Somali Conference .

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The President is in town to attend an international conference on Somalia opens today (Thursday 11/05/17 ) in London, the capital of the United Kingdom (UK). It is organized under the auspices of the UK and the United Nations as part of efforts to put Somalia back on track.

The Horn of Africa nation is currently suffering from insurgency by the Al-Shabaab group plus piracy on its coast, there is currently a humanitarian crisis that is threatening the lives of thousands. Political reforms and the economy will also feature at the event.

The conference will convene Heads of State and Government from across East Africa and other key partners, along with senior figures from international organisations and takes place at the Lancaster House. The first two editions of the conference were held in 2012 and 2013.

He was Welcomed by the Kenyan High Commissioner Lazurus Amayo ,Deputy Head of Mission Mrs. Grace Cerere , Amongst other key Personnel . The presidents schedule is indeed very tight as he is due to fly to China in the Weekend . Many Kenyans Have expressed the wish to seek an Audience with such a tight Schedule it May only be a challenge .

Some are of the Opinion he wants to focus on the more important tasks with the Host Country before embarking to the Political arena . The Diaspora Community is one of the Most versatile and dynamic in the set up . It is paramount to keep a low tone whilst managing Key Business Matters .

The Entourage accompanying the President spoke volumes and Indicative of his low Key assignment .

 

 

KCB investment workshop

IMG_6825 IMG_6822 IMG_6821 IMG_6820 IMG_6819 IMG_6817 IMG_6815 IMG_6814 IMG_6813 IMG_6812 IMG_6810 IMG_6809 IMG_6807 IMG_6805 IMG_6804 IMG_6803 IMG_6802 IMG_6800 IMG_6801 IMG_6797 IMG_6796 IMG_6794 IMG_6795 IMG_6793 IMG_6791 IMG_6787 IMG_6786 IMG_6785 IMG_6784 IMG_6783 IMG_6782 IMG_6780 IMG_6778 IMG_6777 IMG_6774 IMG_6771 IMG_6772 IMG_6770 IMG_6769 IMG_6768 IMG_6767 IMG_6766 IMG_6764 IMG_6763 IMG_6759 IMG_6758 IMG_6757 IMG_6756 IMG_6755 IMG_6754 IMG_6753 IMG_6752 IMG_6751 IMG_6750 IMG_6749Mr. Joshua Nyamweya Oigara has served as Group Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of KCB Group Plc since January 1, 2013. He served as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of the Company between January 12, 2012 and January 1, 2013. He also serves as Group Chief Financial Officer at KCB Bank Group for East Africa. He joined the Bank in November 2011 from Bamburi Cement Ltd where he served as Executive Director and Group Financial Director and Chief Financial Officer for the East Africa region. During his professional career, he was also Group Controller, Finance at Bamburi Cement Group for East Africa, a function he held between 2006 and 2008. From 2004 to 2005, he served as Manager, Business Performance at Hima Cement Ltd, a function he assumed after his service at Bidco Oil Ltd as Group Business Performance Manager for the period between 2002 and 2003. From 1999 to 2001, he was Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nairobi, Kenya. In 1997, he became Associate of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nairobi, Kenya, a post he held until 1998. He is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya, a title he obtained from the School of Accountancy, the Strathmore University, Kenya in 1997 and Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He obtained a Masters of Business Administration degree in International Business Management from the Edith Cowan University in Australia in 2011. He also completed the Advanced Management Program from INSEAD or Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires, France in 2010. He completed the Program for Management Development at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business in North Carolina, the United States in 2006. Prior to this, he received a degree in Accounting from the Strathmore University in 1997. He is Member of the Risk Management Committee, Member of the Credit Committee, Member of the HR & Nomination Committee, Member of the Procurement Committee, Member of the Finance & Strategy Committee, Member of the IT & Innovation Committee of the Company. ( source : http://www.reuters.com/finance/stocks/officerProfile?symbol=KCB.NR&officerId=1738137)