MCA's and MP's urged to stop touring certain foreign countries
27 October 2014, 22:56
Kwale - Cabinet secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador
Amina Mohammed warned that foreign country frequently visit be leaders can make
Kenya to be blacklisted.
She was speaking at Leisure Lodge resort in Kwale County
three days workshop on foreign travel and fiscal responsibility for both
national and county governments.
"Most foreign countries have raised their concerns that
Kenyan MCAs and MPs tour their states frequently without being given time to
plan for them,"she said.
Most countries want to be given time to plan for ay group of
MPs or MCAs visiting them if another group had already toured their country
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"Host country must be given a 90 days notice that a group of MCAs or MPs
will be touring through her ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kenya.If there is
any group from the County or National assembly attending seminars, workshops or
conferences in any country it should pass through the ministry of Foreign
Affairs,” she noted.
Amina made it clear that the Ministry of Foreign affairs is
not a devolved sector unlike the way other governors thought.
She was accompanied by Principal Secretary ministry of
Devolution and Planning Mwanamaka Mabruki who said it is important for both
national and county government to reach consensus on foreign travel.
“As leaders of various levels you have one reason or another
to travel abroad for diverse reasons and cannot remain closed in your cocoons as
there are international engagements to be made,” said Mabruki.
She also urged leaders to be conscious of the uncontested
facts that resources are scarce and should be utilized to serve the people they
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