Uhuru heads to Angola for summit

President Uhuru Kenyatta is seen off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as he departed for  Luanda, Angola. Photo/ PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta is seen off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as he departed for Luanda, Angola. Photo/ PSCU

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 14 – President Uhuru Kenyatta left the country on Tuesday for a three-day official visit to Angola.

The plane carrying the President and his delegation departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 2pm.

He was seen off at the airport by Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Joseph ole Lenku, Chief of Defence Forces Gen Julius Karangi and other senior government officials.

While in Luanda, President Kenyatta will attend the fifth Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

The summit’s theme is “Let’s promote peace, security, stability and development in the Great Lakes Region”.

Top on the Summit agenda is the fight against terrorism in the region and implementation of the pact on peace, security, stability and development in the Great Lakes.

The pact serves as a legal framework and an agenda of the ICGLR with the aim of creating the conditions for security, stability and development between the member states and the region.

The ICGLR 12 states, signatory to the pact, include Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

Accompanying the President are Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) and Raychelle Omamo (Defence).

During the Summit, Angola will take up the ICGLR presidency from Uganda for a two-year period.