NAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – Amina Mohamed has been sworn-in as the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, four days after her colleagues took their oaths of office.
Mohamed was away in New York winding up her duties at the United Nations headquarters when her 15 colleagues were sworn in last week.
Speaking during the ceremony at State House Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta said he looked forward to working closely with her in pushing the country’s agenda on the international arena.
The Head of State noted that the new Foreign Secretary had the requisite experience and expressed confidence that she would ably manage the country’s foreign policy and agenda.
He said that the Foreign Affairs Ministry was especially crucial to the implementation of Kenya’s policy on economic diplomacy.
“The docket that you are assuming is a critical one for Kenya today especially as we now seek to enhance our own economic diplomacy.
We see you as being critical in helping us put forth Kenya’s soft power within the region,” he said.
Kenyatta added that his government was keen on pursuing a vigorous foreign policy to advance Kenya’s interests in the region and beyond.
The swearing-in ceremony was conducted by the Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kimemia.
“You are an experienced officer; you are an experienced diplomat and I have no doubt that you will and shall be able to deliver for Kenya and the people of Kenya,” stressed Kenyatta.
She promised to undertake her duties with diligence as she took her oath of office.
“I Amina Mohamed being appointed a Cabinet Secretary of the government of Kenya do swear that I will at all times be faithful to the Republic of Kenya and that I will obey and respect and uphold this Constitution and all other laws of the republic,” she pledged.