KENYA TO SEEK SEAT ON UN SECURITY COUNCIL FOR 2021-22 TERM

NAIROBI– Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Monica Juma says Kenya will seek a seat on the powerful United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period 2021-2022.

Briefing the media on the Kenya’s foreign policy direction here Thursday, she said Kenya would launch its bid for a place on the 15-member security council during the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly which will open on Sept 17, 2019.

Juma said the country had contributed immensely to the affairs of the Security Council and should subsequently have a vote in the UN body.

She also said the government would fast-track negotiations of frameworks and agreements to protect Kenyans abroad, noting that ar least 1,300 Kenyans are held as prisoners in foreign countries. On the other hand Kenya has more than 2,000 foreign prisoners in various jails in the country.

Juma said 79 of the prisoners are held in neighbouring Tanzania, 47 in Uganda and 15 in Ethiopia.

Reiterating that human trafficking is a big business for criminal networks, she called for intelligence among countries within the East African sub-region.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK