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Kenya VP in talks with Gandhi kin

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka on Thursday held talks with the visiting grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and the President of Initiatives of Change Prof Rajmohan Gandhi.

The talks held at the VP’s Jogoo House office centred on the peaceful and humanitarian co-existence of mankind in the world.

He was accompanied to the VP’s office by his wife Usha Gandhi and the chairman, Initiatives of Change Julias Khakula.

Prof Gandhi, a peace crusader who is also an inspirational leader is in the country as part of his round-the-world tour whose theme is “Seeking a Coalition of Conscience for the World”. The tour will cover 15 countries.

The peace crusader who arrived in the country on Sunday has been holding discussions with political, civil society and religious leaders and gave a public lecture titled “The power and Purpose of Kenya-Indian Bond”.

Mr Musyoka lauded Prof Gandhi for spearheading the crusade for tolerance and peaceful coexistence in the world.

“I wish to congratulate you for this important work you are undertaking of preaching the wonderful consciousness of people to be more humane and realise that this world belongs to all of us.” Mr Kalonzo.

The Vice President noted that the crusade evoked memories of the non-violent struggle for freedom spearheaded by Gandhi’s grandfather the late Mahatma Gandhi.

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He said the old Gandhi left a legacy across the world, including here in Kenya where an Academic Wing and a Library at the University of Nairobi have been named in his memory.

Prof Gandhi lauded the good relations existing between Kenya and India which had benefited the people of the two countries.

“Indeed, Kenya has hosted too many people of the Indian origin, it looks like an extension of India,” he quipped.

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