Kenya to benefit from President Uhuru Kenyatta's visit to Israel

Saturday February 27 2016

President Uhuru Kenyatta visits the Save a Child's Heart Children Home in Tel Aviv, Israel. President Kenyatta said the government will contribute to the cost of taking 20 children to Israel for treatment. PHOTO | COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta visits the Save a Child's Heart Children's Home in Tel Aviv, Israel. The President said the government would contribute to the cost of taking 20 children to Israel for treatment. PHOTO | COURTESY 

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Concluding his visit to Israel, President Uhuru Kenyatta has brought goodies of direct flights between Nairobi and Tel Aviv, increasing the number of students studying dry-land farming technologies and automated agriculture, collaboration in water and irrigation projects, and treatment of heart surgery patients in Israel.

He visited the Wolfson Medical Centre in Tel Aviv where more than 20 Kenyan children have received heart surgery, while others are awaiting to be airlifted to the hospital through the Save a Child’s Heart Kenya, an NGO based in Israel.

President Kenyatta said the government would contribute to the cost of transporting the 20 children.

“We will explore how we can work together with the possibility of you opening a branch in Kenya,” he said.

Currently, 75 students are studying in that country.

Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery was on Friday scheduled to meet with his Israeli counterpart to work out part of the details of mechanisms to open the gate for Kenyan workers in Israel.

President Kenyatta, who arrived in Jerusalem on Monday, held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin and agreed to strengthen the existing security cooperation, especially in the war against terrorism.

The President was accompanied by Cabinet secretaries Amina Mohamed, Major-Gen (Rtd) Nkaissery, Eugene Wamalwa, and Dr Cleopa Mailu.

Bungoma Senator Ken Lusaka was also part of the President’s delegation.