President Kenyatta departs to Rwanda for AU summit

July 16, 2016 11:23 am
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The President and the First Lady departed the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 10:00 am, seen off by Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet among other government officials. Photo/PSCU.
The President and the First Lady departed the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 10:00 am, seen off by Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet among other government officials. Photo/PSCU.
NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 16 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday left the country for Kigali, Rwanda to attend the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union.

The summit’s theme is the “African Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on Women Rights”.

During the summit, the African Union Commission (AUC) elections will take place where a new Chairperson and a Deputy Chairperson shall be elected.

Eight other commissioner positions will also be voted upon. Kenya’s Ambassador. (Eng.) Mahboub M. Maalim is vying for the seat of Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy.

At the summit, African leaders will officially launch AU passport during the Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union.

The launch of the African Union Passport is considered a critical development to ease free movement of people, spur economic growth and development as well as promote Intra-African trade.

With the promotion of Intra-African trade, the AU passport will come in handy, boosting and easing doing of business within African countries with an intention to reduce the trade deficit among African nations.

The President is also scheduled to attend the Committee of 10 on United Nations Reforms and IGAD special summit.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta who is accompanying the President is scheduled to attend the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA).

The President and the First Lady departed the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 10:00 am, seen off by Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet among other government officials.

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