New envoys laud Kenya, see bright future for country
Speaking on Wednesday when they presented their credentials to President Mwai Kibaki at State House Nairobi, the new high commissioners and ambassadors noted that the new constitution that was promulgated in August signalled a brighter future for Kenya.
The six were Mr Ndumiso Ndima Ntshinga from South Africa, Australia’s Geoffrey Peter Tooth, Japanese Toshihisa Tokata, Per Ludvig Magnus of Norway, Yaqoub Yousef Eid Al-Sanad of Kuwait and Etienne De Poncins of France.
Mr Ntshinga particularly pointed out that by conducting a peaceful referendum that culminated in the adoption of the new constitution, Kenya had demonstrated to the world that Africa was capable of shaping its own political and economic destiny.
“South Africa has noted with admiration and appreciation the critical role Kenya plays in advancing the aspirations of the African continent,” Mr Ntshinga said.
Mr Poncins, Mr Al-Sanad and Mr Magnus said the new constitution would serve as a model to many nations and contribute to the harmonious and prosperous future of Kenya.
The French envoy further commended the Kenya Government’s commitment in the war against corruption, saying France had been following closely and was impressed by the latest developments regarding the fight against graft.
Present were Assistant Foreign Affairs Minister Richard Onyonga, Acting Foreign Affairs PS Amb. Patrick S. Wamoto, Chief of Protocal Amb. M.D. Kinyanjui among others.