, NAIROBI, Sept 19 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged African countries to work together in finding solutions to challenges facing the continent.
He said African countries must pool their resources together – no matter how scarce they are – into joint efforts that will improve the continent.
“We can cry that the world is not helping us but we must first of all realize that nobody has an obligation to help us. The only people that have an obligation to help are ourselves. And that is where we must begin,” he said.
The President was addressing African Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Kenya when he hosted them for a luncheon at State House, Nairobi.
He emphasised that African countries must begin to work jointly in research on things that affect the continent including the cure to diseases like Malaria and Ebola.
“We cannot wait for people out there to come and give us a solution to Malaria. Malaria does not affect them, it affects us. To them, it is only a sideline business. We need to put resources behind our own researchers to come up with solutions to these problems,” the President said.
As countries gear up for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Kenyatta observed that the big ‘buzz’ is about ISIS while more serious issues in Africa like the Boko Haram in Nigeria, the crumbling of Libya, the terrorists in Somalia and Kenya have been pushed to the back seat.
“What happens in Libya should not be something that is pushed aside. It is our problem and we must find a solution to it,” President Kenyatta said.
The President said he is keen for African countries to work together because they have the responsibility to determine the continent’s destiny.
He stressed the need for the continent to speak with one voice at the international arena for it to be heard.
“We need to share more so that when we go to international fora we speak with one voice that projects Africa’s collective position,” the President said.
The President added that African countries must not allow the artificial boundaries placed by colonialists divide them.
President Kenyatta said Kenya’s foreign policy puts a lot of emphasis on African solidarity.
Deputy President William Ruto challenged the envoys to work together towards accelerated social economic growth through improved intra-Africa trade.
The Deputy President pointed out that the national boundaries can be converted into bridges to connect people and facilitate free movement of goods and services.