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President Kenyatta arrives in Namibia for official state visit

President Kenyatta arrives in Namibia for official state visit

President Kenyatta arrives in Namibia for official state visit
Photo: Courtesy of the Namibian Presidency

Staff Reporter

President Hage Geingob will host Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta as a guest of honour at the 29th celebration of Namibia’s Independence.
President Kenya arrived in Namibia earlier today and his official state visit follows on the state visit of President Geingob to the Republic of Kenya during October last year. During the visit Dr. Geingob was the guest of honour at the Mashujaa Day Celebrations (Heroes Day) in Kakamega County.

Background
Relations between Namibia and Kenya date back to the struggle for freedom and independence when Kenya provided political and moral support to the people of Namibia through SWAPO. Kenya provided training to many Namibians in exile in the fields of education, health, agriculture and defence. The Republic of Kenya was one of the African countries that contributed troops to the United Nations Transitional Assistance Group (UNTAG) to monitor and guarantee security to the United Nations led electoral process in Namibia in 1989.
In the process of establishing the Namibian Defence Force, the Kenyan contingent under the leadership of General Daniel Opande, the former Deputy Force Commander of UNTAG’s military component, offered training to the Namibian Defence Force (NDF). Besides training, the Kenyan contingent also provided logistical support to the NDF in the form of uniforms and other items. The imprint of the Kenyan assistance is still visible in the ceremonial dress of the NDF’s Guard of Honour Unit.
Namibia and Kenya enjoy excellent bilateral relations which started in 1990 when the two countries established diplomatic relations. During President Kenyatta’s visit, the two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral relations and deepen cooperation in the areas of transport; fisheries and marine resources; trade and commerce; information communication technology; agriculture; health; defence and security; mining and education.

The Following Agreements have been signed between Namibia and Kenya:
• Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Political Consultations. 19 October 2018
• Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Cooperation, 19 October 2018
• Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Youth Affairs, 19 October 2018
• Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operative Development was signed on 17 February 2016
• Code Share Agreement between Air Namibia and Kenya Airways was signed on 10 January 2013
• Memorandum of Understanding on Technical Cooperation in Health was signed on 01 April 2009
• Memorandum of Understanding on Civil Aviation signed on 12 March 2009
• Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Cooperation in the field of Agriculture, Livestock, Water and Forestry, signed July 2007
• Agreement on Educational Cooperation signed on 31 March 1991
• Agreement for the Abolition of Visas, signed on 02 June 1992
• Agreement on General Cooperation signed on 02 June 1992

High Level visits between Kenya and Namibia
There have been a number of high level visits between the two countries. The most recent visit includes the official working visit to Nairobi by Prime Minister Saara Kuungongelwa–Amadhila, who attended the Blue Economy Conference from 26-28 November 2018.
• Private visit by Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga during the festive season of December 2018
• State Visit to Kenya by His Excellency Dr. Hage G. Geingob from 18-21 October 2018
• Hon. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs paid an official visit to Namibia from 24-26 July 2018
• His Excellency Dr. Hage G. Geingob attended the Inaugural ceremony of His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on 27 November 2017

President Kenyatta is scheduled to depart Namibia on Sunday.

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