UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres visit to KenyaTirus Wainaina
On his first field visit since inaugurated, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Somalia and Kenya. The UN Secretary-General met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and held a bilateral meeting at State House in Nairobi. The wide ranging discussion included the need for more funding to the African Union Mission on Somalia (AMISOM) as well as the issue of the close to 400,000 Somalia refugees in Dadaab.
The two leaders further discussed the ravaging drought that has affected arid and semi-arid parts of Kenya and Somalia. UN together with the Red Cross have been working to respond to the crisis that is threatening lives in some parts of the country. The Kenyan President said Kenya still holds its policy of repatriating the refugees, and announced there will be an extra-ordinary summit by IGAD Heads of State to seek durable solution to the refugees.
Guterres pointed out the pivotal role Kenya is playing in trying to restore peace in neighbouring countries of South Sudan and Somalia.
The Secretary-General also joined Kenyans in celebrating the International Women’s Day at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC). Speaking to the gathering of 4000 women representing all spheres of life, the Secretary-General emphasized his commitment to gender parity within the UN and his intended leadership role on this matter globally.
He later held a press conference at the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi where he exhibited full mastery of the issues that matter most to this region. He articulated his concerns surrounding the drought and famine in Somalia as well as the crisis in South Sudan.
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