Kenya praised for fight against terrorism in East Africa

Wednesday April 16 2014

Kenya Defence Force soldier patrolling Burgabo inside Somalia. Kenyan troops have rescued two aid workers kidnapped along the country’s border with Somalia in 2011, Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) announced Friday.  FILE Phoro

Kenya Defence Force soldier patrolling Burgabo inside Somalia. Kenyan troops have rescued two aid workers kidnapped along the country’s border with Somalia in 2011, Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) announced Friday. FILE Phoro 

By MKENYA UJERUMANI

The German Government has praised Kenya for its role in fighting terrorism and securing economic development in the Horn of Africa.

During a meeting with Senators last week, German Federal Foreign Office officials said they would continue to cooperate with the Kenyan Government in addressing these challenges.

The Senators also held discussions with German officials from the Bundestag, Federal Foreign Ministry, Konrad Adenaur Foundation, Christian Democratic Union (CDU), The Green Party, Brandenburg Landtag and Mecklenburg – Vorpommern Landtag.

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They urged the German Government to continue its partnership with political parties and county governments as well as sectors of governance, democracy, rule of law and human rights issues in Kenya.

The Senators led by Deputy Speaker Kembi Gitura, were in Germany from April 4-13, a few days after MPs visited the Bundestag (Federal Parliament) and Landesparlament (State Parliament).

Other members of delegation included Senators Moses Wetang’ula (Leader of Minority), Abdirahman Ali Hassan (Deputy Leader of Minority), Amos Wako, Yusuf Haji, Johnson Muthama, Elizabeth Ongoro Omollo, Charles Keter, Kennedy Okong’o, Gideon Moi, Kisasa Mshenga Mvita and staff from the Senate and State University of New York.

From left: Deputy Speaker Kembi Gitura, Senators Yusuf Haji, Elizabeth Ongoro Omollo, Johnson Muthama, Kisasa Mshenga Mvita, Moses Wetang’ula (Leader of Minority) and Abdirahman Ali Hassan (Deputy Leader of Minority). Photo/Courtesy

From left: Deputy Speaker Kembi Gitura, Senators Yusuf Haji, Elizabeth Ongoro Omollo, Johnson Muthama, Kisasa Mshenga Mvita, Moses Wetang’ula (Leader of Minority) and Abdirahman Ali Hassan (Deputy Leader of Minority). Photo/Courtesy

The one-week visit was organised by the Centre for International Development- State University of New York with funds from USaid and DFID.