Soldiers in So­ma­lia have re­ceived pay

State House says agree­ment was signed be­tween Ami­som and the EU

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - OLIVER MATHENGE @Oliv­erMa­thenge

The Kenyan soldiers fight­ing al Shabaab in So­ma­lia have re­ceived their pay and al­lowances, the Pres­i­dency an­nounced yes­ter­day.

State House Spokesman Manoah Esip­isu said an agree­ment was signed be­tween Ami­som and the Euro­pean Union, un­der which pay­ments were made to soldiers serv­ing in So­ma­lia.

“The Pres­i­dent warmly wel­comes the agree­ment. It sup­ports the African Union’s peace and se­cu­rity agenda. It keeps Kenya, So­ma­lia and the re­gion safe,” he said.

Esip­isu spoke dur­ing his weekly brief­ing. He said Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta is yet to re­ceive the nom­i­na­tion of Jus­tice David Maraga as Chief Jus­tice. “When he re­ceives it, he will ap­ply his mind and do what he needs to do within the time frame set by the law,” Esip­isu said.

He said State House will host a Youth Sum­mit on Oc­to­ber 3 and this will be fol­lowed by one on gover­nance and ac­count­abil­ity on Oc­to­ber 17. “I need not tell you how im­por­tant the youth agenda re­mains. There is not a sin­gle part of our na­tional de­vel­op­ment ef­fort that is not tied in some way to our work with the youth,” Esip­isu said.

“We shall meet to con­sider care­fully where we are, what the con­se­quenc- es of the gov­ern­ment’s youth poli­cies, em­pow­er­ment funds are, and what we can do to has­ten the pace of growth, and to spread en­trepreneur­ship among the young.”

He said the Pres­i­dency has seen a surge in for­eign in­vest­ment in Kenya in the re­cent past. Esip­isu said the US Overseas Pri­vate In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, which of­fers sup­port to US com­pa­nies as they in­vest abroad, opened an of­fice in Kenya.

“When Pres­i­dent Barack Obama was here, he men­tioned that OPIC would be help­ing to fund Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Pro­gramme, which brings cap­i­tal to fe­male en­trepreneurs around the world,” he said.

“We are very pleased to wel­come them to their new home in Kenya, and we are sure this is the begin­ning of an even closer en­gage­ment.”

State House also con­firmed that there is a US in­vestor in­ter­est in the Nairobi-Mom­basa Ex­press­way. “Part­ners in­clude Bech­tel Corp, the United States’ largest con­struc­tion and civil en­gi­neer­ing firm, which will be sup­ported in this en­deav­our by the United States’ Im­port-Ex­port Bank and OPIC,” Esip­isu said.

“We are hope­ful th­ese dis­cus­sions will bear fruit and Kenya will soon en­joy the new in­fra­struc­ture on the Nairobi-Mom­basa route. This is a show of con­tin­ued mas­sive in­ter­na­tional in­vestor con­fi­dence in our econ­omy and our coun­try.”


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