, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the Kenya Airports Authority to improve the passenger handling capacity of the international arrivals terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
President Kenyatta, who toured the terminal immediately after arriving from South Africa where he attended the 25th African Union Summit, said KAA should undertake all measures necessary to increase efficiency within the next two weeks.
His directive comes ahead of the start of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that will be held in Nairobi on July 25-26.
The summit will be attended by world leaders including the President of the United States, Barack Obama and thousands of participants.
Acting Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, Kenya Airports Authority Chairman David Kimaiyo and the Acting Managing Director of the Kenya Airports Authority, Yatich Kangugo took President Kenyatta on a tour of the facility.
The Head of State went straight to the international arrivals terminal after disembarking from his plane together with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
Besides the AU Summit, President Kenyatta also attended a Head of State Summit on the African Peer Review (APR) Forum where he was elected the chairman of the forum to take over from Liberia’s Ellen Sirleaf Johnson to steer the organization.
The Head of State has called for an extraordinary summit of the APR Forum within the year that will be used to revitalise Africa’s self-assessment process for better governance.
President Kenyatta also held several other bilateral meetings including one with President Salva Kiir where they discussed the IGAD initiative to end the conflict in South Sudan.
He also attended a meeting that brought together the President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and the leaders of countries contributing troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
On her part, the First Lady attended a meeting of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV /Aids (OAFLA) that focused on HIV/AIDS and women’s reproductive health.
The First Lady also received a prestigious award on behalf of Mama Ngina Kenyatta.
Mama Ngina was recognized for the role she played in Kenya’s struggle for freedom from colonial rule.
The plane carrying the President landed shortly before 9.30pm.
He was received at the airport by Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, the Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and other senior Government officials.