REPUBLIC OF KENYA December 2009
Boemedi jwa kenya Kenya High Commission - Botswana
Hon Mwakwere - Kenyan Minister for Transport 1
MEMBERS OF THE EDITORIAL BOARD Chairman Amb. Daniel Sindiga Vice-Chairman Mr. Hillary N. Kyengo Secretary Mrs. Lydia Silavwe
Contents A Word from the high commissioner.............................. 1
Members Mr. John O. Odipo Mrs. Patricia M. Muange Design & Layout Kgomotsego Juliet Ikaneng This is a publication of the High Commission of the Republic of Kenya in Botswana. Any reproduction of articles therein should be acknowledged. Comments and opinions on any issues to be directed to:
Kenya Airways lands in Gaborone,Botswana................. 2 Kenya High Commission scoops 1st prize at Botswana Consumer Fair 24th - 30th August 2009.......................... 3 KQ Direct flights to Gaborone........................................... 4 Pictorial.............................................................................5 - 9 2009 Kenya night and cultural day event in Gaborone......10 New arrival...........................................................................11 Kenya participates in trypanosomiasis eradication campaign..............................................................................11 Botswana holds a peaceful general elections................ 12 Sports diplomacy................................................................ 13
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et again, I feel humbled to present to you our esteemed readers the 5th edition of “Boemedi Jwa Kenya”. In this issue, we are particularly pleased to note that our bilateral engagement with the Republic of Botswana has yet again achieved top results with the introduction of Kenya Airways Direct flight from Nairobi to Gaborone- Botswana. It is our hope that the direct flight will present an opportunity to the business community,the D i a s p o r a , To u r i s t s , t h e Diplomatic community and the general public to use Nairobi as the second hub linking them to any destination in the world. The direct flight would not have come at the right time now that the world famous sport extravaganza will be held on an African soil in South Africa for the 1st time. Football organizers,sponsors and fans will find it easy to connect their flights to and from Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Apart from linking Botswana to the rest of the world the
“we are particularly pleased to note that our bilateral engagement with the Republic of Botswana has yet again achieved top results” should take the advantage of Kenya Airways (KQ ) and explore untapped opportunities in the two countries. In addition, I further note with pleasure that this year the Mission’s bilateral engagements has continued to grow from strength to strength. This could be demonstrated by high level visits to Botswana in the recent past by Kenyan officials. Among such notable visits includes a benchmarking delegation by the National Task Force on Police Reforms, Parliamentary Select Committee on Cattle
Rustling the Parliamentary delegation on Democracy Conference on Africa, and a Livestock delegation on Trypanosomiasis. The Mission has continued to perform remarkably well during its participation in the annual Botswana Consumer Fair exhibition 2009. This year once again the Mission was awarded a trophy and a certificate for winning the best stand in the category of Foreign Missions accredited to Botswana. It is my hope that the level of bilateral cooperation and engagement will continue to grow particularly with the implementation of the existing mechanism of bilateral cooperation in various fields courtesy of Kenya-Botswana Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation. It is my hope that the Newsletter will be a good piece for our readers. Meanwhile, I take this opportunity to wish our esteemed readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2010 Welcome. Amb. Daniel Sindiga HIGH COMMISSIONER
KENYA AIRWAYS LANDS IN GABORONE, BOTSWANA
he 4th September,2009 was a memorable day in history of our two countries, as Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Botswana from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi marking the maiden flight of the National carrier popularly known as “The Pride of Africa”. The Airline touched down with 127 passengers on board including Hon. Amb. Chirau Ali Mwakwere, Minister for Transport of the Republic of Kenya. At hand to receive the Minister was an Assistant Minister for Transport of the Republic of Botswana, Hon. Frank Ramsden, High ranking government officials of the host country, High Commissioners and ambassadors based in Gaborone and top Air Botswana management. Also present were the Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Airways Dr. Titus Naikuni, Kenya’s High Commissioner to Botswana, H.E.Amb. Daniel Sindiga and the High Commissioner of Botswana to Kenya H.E. Mr.Charles Mogotsi who had arrived in the inaugural flight to grace the occasion. Not to be left behind were hundreds of Kenya nationals residing in Botswana who demonstrated their patriotism by turning up in large numbers to witness the historical day. As the aircraft touched down, the anxiety of the Diaspora, enthusiasm and excitement including nationals of the host country and other nationalities was clearly visibly demonstrated
by smiles of joy while waiving Kenyan miniature flags as a sign of welcoming the inaugural flight. There were clear indications that there was a sigh of relief in the air that at last there would be alternative get way from Botswana by way of using another route other than the only existing one through O.R Tambo international airport in South Africa.
with Air Botswana in this venture as the two Airlines are operating under a code share arrangements. The three weekly flights are operated on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Kenya Airways now flies directly from Nairobi to Gaborone however; on return to Nairobi there is a brief stop-over in Harare enroute Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
This development was a culmination of almost a decade of initiatives that had been put in place that facilitated the signing of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Kenya and Botswana. In anticipation of flights to Botswana in October 2008, Kenya Airways had opened a sales office in Gaborone and realization of the vision for “The Pride of Africa” presence in Botswana and the SADC region was fulfilled on this historic day.
In the area of trade and tourism, this was a major milestone as it would not only bolster Kenya /Botswana trade and tourism relations whose main hindrances had been lack of direct flights between respective countries. In addition it would also connect the economies of member countries of the Southern African Countries (SADC) whose secretariat is based in Botswana. Among the expected imports are fresh produce such as cut flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Kenya Airways is in partnership
KENYA HIGH COMMISSION SCOOPS 1ST PRIZE
At Botswana consumer fair 24th - 30th august 2009
enya High Commission has continued to outshine other exhibitors since the inception of Botswana Consumer Fair which was launched four (4) years ago. Over the years, Kenya High Commission has seized the occasion to participate in the exhibition uninterrupted. This year’s event commend on 24th – 30th August, 2009, and the Mission’s objective was mainly to market Kenyan products, investment opportunities in Knenya, promotion of tourism with particular emphasis that Kenya is a safe tourist destination and investment centre not only to Southern African Community Region but also to exhibitors from Asia, Middle East and other parts of Africa. Video shows drew the attention of the Public regarding Kenya’s rich cultures such as the Maasai traditional ways, traditional dances of different communities in Kenya which included the famous bull fighting from Western part of Kenya. A video clip depicting Kenyan athletes was a crowd puller to the stand as the name Kenya evokes prowess in long distance events supremacy. The Mission used the opportunity to demonstrate to the public its mandate in the Republic of Botswana and disseminating information regarding Kenya by way of responding to any inquiries related to Kenya to the Diaspora and general public. Of particular interest at the exhibition was the enthusiasm in Kenya’s agricultural products particularly Kenyan Tea, which was being served to the public for them to taste of the famous beverage. Also on display were Kenyan coffee, Honey, handicrafts etc. Opportunities
education were showcased through publications ,brochures and prospectuses from Kenyan Institutions of High Education. During this year’s exhibition of over 400 stalls booked, 20% were foreign exhibitors not only from the SADC region but also as far as Asia and Europe.
By Joseph N. Nguta
salute Kenya Airways for continuing to make Africa proud. The launch of direct flights from Nairobi to Gaborone, Botswana marked one of those proud and ecstatic moments for Kenyans living in Botswana. The outstanding Marketing campaigns, the extensive media blitz and the lavish luncheons and dinners all went along way to showcase the positive side of our beautiful motherland Kenya. This was very uplifting for us Kenyans living in Botswana given the so often negative media reporting on our country!!
route via Johannesburg. Taking the alternative route via Johannesburg disadvantages customers with a long waiting period of about five(5) hours and increased risk of baggage loss or delayed delivery. The direct flights therefore offer the most convenient way to travel to between Gaborone and Nairobi. Furthermore, the cost of flying direct is much cheaper than connecting via Johannesburg. Currently, customers stand to save up to P1000.00(Kshs.10,000) when they choose to fly direct. We do hope Kenya Airways will continue to maintain competitive pricing on this new route.
The direct flights present a number of benefits and opportunities. A direct flight from Nairobi to Gaborone is short and convenient. The total duration of the journey is shortened by well over 5 hours when compared to the alternative
The direct flights also provide new channels for facilitating exchange of goods and services between Kenya and Botswana. Fresh produce, curios and textile products from Kenya can now be eas-
ily transported to Botswana. Botswana on the other hand could take advantage of this new route to export its Beef to the EU market through JKIA. The tourism sector also stands to gain from this new venture. By exploiting the extensive global route network that Kenya airways offers, partnerships between local tour operators and Kenya Airways could go along way in creating a winwin situation. Batswana could also take advantage of the direct flights to enjoy their Holidays away from home in Mombasa, Dubai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. We do hope Kenya Airways will consider marketing packaged holiday deals targeting the Batswana in the spirit of growing tourism in Africa. Thank you Kenya Airways for making us proud!!
Joseph N. Nguta IT Specialist University of Botswana
Members of KHC staff led by HE Mr Daniel Sindiga with KQ staff during one of the many sessions held to market Kenya Airways.
1. Air Botswana PRO signing the route rights for KQ and Air Botswana 2. HE Amb Daniel Sindiga with members of KHC staff and KQ officials mapping the way forward. 3. The Namibian High Commisioner to Botswana HE Mr Timothy Hishongwa with KQ Gaborone Station Manager. 4. Hon Mohamed Kuti - minister for livestock of the Republic of Kenya 5. HE Mr Macdwallo and HE Daniel Sindiga 6. HE Amb Daniel Sindiga with Top Kenya Airways Managers.
1. Transport Minister - Hon Ali Chirau Mwakwere with KQ CEO Mr Titus Naikuni, Namibian High Commissioner to Botswana HE Timothy Hishongwa. 2. Amb Daniel Sindiga, CEO of KQ Dr Titus Naikuni and Mphi Tlhomelang Acting General manager of Air Botswana at the launch of KQ. 3. Guests at the Kenya High Commission stand. 4. Amb Daniel Sindiga with HE Daniel Mogotsi the Botswana High Commisioner to Kenya. 5. HE Daniel Sindiga with Hillary Kyengo during the consumer fair. 6. Hon Mohamed Kuti and his PS Mr Ken Lusaka being briefed by Mr Hillary Kyengo on arrival to Gaborone.
Captions 1. V.P Lt Mompati Merafhe signing the visitors book at the Kenyan stand during the Botswana Consumer Fair.
2. Kenya Airways CEO Mr Titus Naikuni Signing code sharing agreement between Air Botswana and Kenya Airways. 3. Hon Mwakwere, Dr Titus Naikuni, Acting General Manager of Air Botswana Mphi Tlhomelang and Amb Charles Mogotsi Botswana High Commissioner to Kenya.
4. Ugandan livestock Minister signing the visitors book at the KHC offices during the trypanosomiasis tour. 5. HE Macdwallo and Amb Daniel Sindiga touring Gaborone historic sites during 15th advisory group meeting for afremix bank meeting July 09. 6. Guests during the Kenya Airways launch.
7. Minister Wycliffe Oparanya , Amb Awori and Amb Daniel Sindiga in Gaborone during the TICAD Conference. 8. Ethiopian and Ugandan Ministers of livestock signing the visitors book at KHC office Gaborone. 9. Dr Titus Naikuni and Amb Daniel Sindiga paying a courtesy call to the Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Botswana.
2009 KENYA NIGHT AND CULTURAL DAY EVENT IN GABORONE
he Kenya Friendship Association (KEFA) in Botswana organized a Kenya Night and Cultural Day event in Gaborone on 5th September, 2009. The venue was the Bonatla Restaurant and grounds, at the Botswana National Productivity Centre in Gaborone. The event was very successful, with attendance from members of the various foreign communities resident in Botswana, together with Batswana (people of Botswana). The event started at 11.30pm during the day and ran continuously past midnight, with the last guests leaving the venue at around 2.00am on the following day. The event was geared towards showcasing traditional Kenyan foods, artifacts, tourist attractions, music and celebration of the inaugural flight by Kenya Airways to Gaborone, Botswana on September 4, 2009. Kenya Airways and Air Botswana participated as official sponsors of the event. Several other companies participated through purchase of advertising space in the event programme. Traditional dancers from Botswana were also invited to the function and guests were thrilled by the live traditional Tswana performances which took place during the day and at night. During the night function, guests danced to Kenyan music from all parts of Kenya, including popular â€œzilizopendawaâ€? (golden oldies). The people attending the event participated in a raffle where air tickets donated by Kenya Airways and Air Botswana were won. KEFA looks forward to another spectacular Kenya Night and Cultural Day for 2010.
KENYA PARTICIPATES IN TRYPANOSOMIASIS ERADICATION CAMPAIGN
he government of the Republic of Kenya sent a high powered delegation to the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC) AU ministerial tour in Gaborone, Botswana. The delegation was led by Hon. Mohamed Abdi Kuti, Minister for livestock development of the Republic of Kenya. Other members of the delegation were:
Mr. Kabaka Watai Mukunyi. Mr. Joseph Gitau MBau. Mr. Fredrick Luyimbazi. Also in the delegation were Hon. Dr. Serihum Kebete State Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Ethiopia and Hon. Lt. Col. Bright Rwamirama minister of State, Ministry of Animal Indus-
try of the Republic of Uganda. The delegation was in Gaborone to learn the Botswana experience of eradicating tsetse and trypanosomiasis disease. The delegation learned a lot during the tour which also took them to the Botswana â€“ Namibian boarder to witness the real spraying of the tsetse.
Mr. Kenneth Lusaka Permanent Secretary Ministry of Livestock Development Dr. Pamela A. Okot Ministry Livestock Development. Mr. Mark Cheruiyot.
rs. Medy M.Obbayi was posted to this mission in October, 2009. Medy joins the mission as an Administrative AttachĂŠ; she brings a wealthy of experience having joined the civil service in 1976. She has served the government in various capacities and she has also served in Kenya missions in Addis Ababa
and New York. Medy is married to GAULKE M. OBBAYI and blessed with four children two daughters and two sons Laureen, Titus, David and Getrude. We welcome Medy to Gaborone. Welcome! Welcome!
BOTSWANA HOLDS A PEACEFUL GENERAL ELECTION
he Republic of Botswana went into General Election on 16th October, 2009. The Parties that contested the elections were: (1) Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) (2) Botswana National Front (BNF) (3) Botswana Congress Party (BCP) (4) Botswana Alliance Movement (BAM) (5) A few Independent Candidates. The country conducted a very peaceful, free and fair election process which was given a clean bill of Health by the SADC and International monitors.
vast country. The ruling Party, the Botswana Democratic Party won the election with more than 75% of the total votes cast, a show of confidence by the citizens. We take this early opportunity to congratulate His Excellency Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama and his government for the well organized peaceful, free and fair election.
The election was so peaceful with no incidences of violence reported or witnessed anywhere in the
iplomacy has evolved over the years hence it has taken different turns to include Economic and Sports Diplomacy among others in the 21st Century, us at the Kenya High Commission have not been left behind. Apart from the traditional Diplomacy that entails our day to day routine work, staff at the mission are members of the Diplomatic Community football team which comprises diplomatic staff of missions based Gaborone. The team had been there before however, due to some reasons it fizzled out. In June 2009, Deputy Head of Mission who was previously the Vice Chairman of the team Mr. Hillary N. Kyengo made efforts with the then Chairman of the team, the outgoing
High Commissioner of Mozambique Amb. Belmiro Jose Malate to revive the team. The team has since been revived and is very active. Through the team, members of the diplomatic community get to interact in un official manner and also gets to know one another better. Issues which are normally dealt at the office can now be discussed in a relaxed atmosphere while getting involved in sports activities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Botswana is also on board enhancing chances of discussing bilateral relations in the
field Sports diplomacy is at its best now. The team is currently co-chaired by the Brazilian Amb. Joao Inacio Padilha and Amb. Amb Sasara George of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Mr. Hillary N. Kyengo of Kenya High Commission deputizes the above officials and also heads the secretariat team which draws its membership from the Diplomatic community and ministry of Foreign Affairs. Apart from playing local teams, the team has also played a Diplomatic Community team from Pretoria comprising of staff of the British High Commission. The aim of the team is to bridge social interaction with the people of the host county and even beyond its borders as illustrated from the aforementioned. In the team are two prominent players who are members of Kenya High Commission namely Mr. Hillary N. Kyengo, Deputy Head of Mission and Mr. John O. Odipo, First Secretary.
“FOOD FOR THOUGHT”
man was exploring caves by the Seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay ball. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean far as he could. He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone! Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each
contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewel in the 20 or so clay balls he had left.
well known or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person.
Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasures, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away!
There is treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.
It’s like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn’t look like much from the outside. It isn’t always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it. We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or
May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay. May we see the people in our world as God sees them. “I am so blessed by the gems of friendship I have with you. Thank you for looking beyond my clay vessel.”
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