, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 14 – President Mwai Kibaki on Wednesday at his Harambee House office bade farewell to outgoing Tanzanian High Commissioner Nyasugara Kadege and outgoing Egyptian Ambassador Saher Hamza.
Addressing the Tanzanian High Commissioner, President Kibaki commended her for playing a role in the East African Community integration process that saw the expansion of the community from three to five member states with the entry of Rwanda and Burundi.
President Kibaki also noted that during the tenure of High Commissioner Kadege, the East African Community made significant progress including the launch of the East African Common Market Protocol last month.
In this regard, the President wished the outgoing Tanzanian envoy success in her future endeavours.
On her part, the High Commissioner hailed the Government and the people of Kenya for their support which made her stay enjoyable and fruitful.
She said she will always remember Kenyans for their hospitality, expressing hope that the same cooperation will be extended to her successor for improved relations between Kenya and Tanzania.
Speaking while bidding farewell to the Egyptian Ambassador, President Kibaki hailed the technical cooperation existing between Kenya and Egypt.
The President also noted that Kenya and Egypt have a Joint Ministerial Commission that has been working to promote bilateral cooperation in all fields of mutual interest between the two countries.
On his part, Ambassador Hamza said he was happy that during his tour of duty he managed to bolster the bilateral cooperation between Kenya and Egypt.
The Egyptian envoy thanked President Kibaki, the Government and people of Kenya for according him the necessary support thatenabled him to perform his duties effectively.
Present at the function were Foreign affairs Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi and other senior Government officials.
Ms Kadenge later paid a courtesy call on Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka at his Jogoo House office, who also bade her farewell.