KENYAN PRESIDENT TO ATTEND IGAD SUMMIT IN MOGADISHU

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to attend a high level meeting of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to be held in Mogadishu Tuesday to take stock of the security and peace processes in South Sudan and in Somalia.

Key on the agenda of the meeting will be how to initiate speedy mechanisms for a resolution to the South Sudan conflict and the security situation in Somalia. President Kenyatta is the current Chairman of the East African Community (EAC) as well as rapporteur for IGAD.

Uhuru is also due to attend the 5th Global Fund replenishment conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria in Montreal, Canada, where Kenya will be seeking to mobilize 13 billion US dollars to save eight million lives and avert up to 300 million infections against TB. During the meeting, to be held on Sept 16, Kenya will pledge 500 million shillings (about 5.0 million USD) to the fund replenishment exercise.

Presidency Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu told a media briefing here Sunday that the president would also attend the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York to participate in a high-level plenary meeting to discuss the movement of refugees and migrants, especially in the wake of the impending repatriation of Somalia refugees from Kenya.

At the UN General Assembly, the President will attend a number of high-level meetings and events, which include a roundtable of East African Heads of State and business leaders in support of integration processes and of the private sectors of Africa.

On Tuesday, President Kenyatta will host a State House summit which will focus on the achievements so far made by the government in the improvement of healthcare services and how to address challenges facing the sector.

Esipisu said that despite criticism from the opposition, the Jubilee government will carry on with summits at State House whose main aim is to create a platform through which stakeholders engage on issues of interest.

Esipisu says among the issues to be discussed on Tuesday will be the success of the managed equipment services, which has drastically improved healthcare management in Kenya. “Today, there is improved access to cancer screening and renal services within your location in this country,” noted Esipisu.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK