, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta jetted back into the country Monday evening from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where they attended the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit.
While in Addis Ababa, the President witnessed signing of a peace deal between the two warring factions to the South Sudan conflict to end further bloodshed and all forms of hostility between the infighting groups.
During the summit, establishment of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights received support from AU member states with President Kenyatta pledging Kenya’s commitment of $1 million (Sh91 million) towards the creation of the court.
President Kenyatta called on the African Union to stop depending on external funding in undertaking its programmes and instead adopt new alternatives of financing its activities.
“Depending on external funding for 78 percent of the union’s budget is simply unacceptable,” said the Head of State when he addressed the summit.
On the sidelines of the AU summit, President Kenyatta separately held talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, new Zambian President Edgar Lungu and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
On her part, the First Lady had equally a busy schedule at the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/ AIDs (OAFLA) meeting where she was among the key speakers.
The plane carrying President Kenyatta and the First Lady touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 7pm and received by senior Government officials led by the Deputy President William Ruto.