, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14 – President Mwai Kibaki on Wednesday afternoon travelled to Kampala, Uganda to attend the 5th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
The agenda of the summit includes consideration of the political and security situation of the member states, the consideration of the application of the Republic of South Sudan for membership to the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, and appointment of the new Executive Secretary of the ICGLR.
Alongside the Heads of State summit, President Kibaki will also attend the Special Session of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region on Sexual Gender-Based Violence.
Among the issues expected to be discussed during the special session on sexual gender-based violence include the progress the region has made in the fight against gender-based violence.
The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region has, since its inception in 2006, recognized the importance of preventing and protecting women and children against sexual gender-based violence, which is critical for sustainable security, stability and development of the region.
On its part, Kenya has put in place a number of legislations including the Sexual Offences Act 2006, the Counter Trafficking in Persons Act of 2010 and the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act of 2011 among others.
The plane carrying President Kibaki and his entourage departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 3pm.
The President was seen off at the airport by Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Chief of Defence Forces Julius Karangi, Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura and Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia among other senior Government officials.