Kenya to open 5 news US consulates
26 April 2015, 15:43
Nairobi - Kenya will open 5 new consulates in the United States of America, the government has announced.
In a statement read on behalf of president Uhuru Kenyatta in Los Angeles California by Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed, the government stated that there is a huge Kenyan working population in the US that cannot be served by one consulate only.
Honorary Consuls for Dallas, Boston, Minneapolis and Chicago will soon be appointed while the choice of Seattle for a consulate is still awaiting formal approval.
The CS stated that the country attaches great importance to Kenyans in the US who send home as much as USD 1.5 billion in remittances every year.
" We as a government understand the sacrifices Kenyans here in the US make to contribute to the country and we value it highly," she said.
The CS also took time to convey president Uhuru Kenyatta's apologies for not making it to the United States.
" The President asked me to pass his best regards and to assure you of his
solidarity with all Kenyans living, working and studying in California
and other States of America," she added.
President Kenyatta cancelled his trip to the United States of America following a flight mishap.
House announced Friday evening that the president would not continue
with his trip after being disrupted Thursday following a problem with his
" The President will no longer be making the trip for
the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, USA," a
statement from State house said.
President Kenyatta returned home Thursday night after his
aircraft faced route challenges caused by heightened military activity
in Yemen, State House earlier confirmed.
In a statement, State House
Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said President Kenyatta’s aircraft was destined
for Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, where he was due to connect to a
commercial flight to Los Angeles.
" Following reports of increased
military activity in Yemen, there was a challenge on the routing leading
to a decision to turn back. The President touched the ground at Jomo
Kenyatta International Airport at 11.42 pm," Esipisu said.
Kenyatta had left Nairobi Thursday evening on board his official Kenya
Airforce aircraft for the US to attend the 2015 Milken Institute Global
Conference in Los Angeles.
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