, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 – President Mwai Kibaki jetted out of the country for Addis Ababa , Ethiopia on Saturday afternoon where he will attend the 16th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).
The plane carrying the president and his entourage departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 3pm.
The two day Summit whose theme is "Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values" will discuss among other issues, the report of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) of which Kenya is a founder member.
Other issues on the Summit Agenda include the report of the Committee of Heads of State and Government on Climate Change which Kenya is a member, the consideration of the report of the Chairperson of NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee and the transformation of the African Union Commission into the African Union Authority.
President Kibaki is accompanied to the summit by acting Foreign Affairs Minister Prof. George Saitoti, Justice, Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya, Defence Minister Yussuf Haji and Public Service Minister Dalmas Otieno among other senior Government officials.
At the airport to see off the President were senior government officials led by Constitutional Affairs Minister Mutula Kilonzo.