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Uhuru heads to Ethiopia for AU summit

29 January 2016, 15:01

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the African Union AU summit.

President Kenyatta is accompanied by the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, who will attend the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS OAFLA that takes place on the sidelines of the AU summit.

The plane carrying the President and his entourage departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 11a.m, The Standard reported.

Deputy President William Ruto and Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe led senior government officials in seeing off the President.

Earlier at the airport, President Kenyatta bid farewell to his Nigeria counterpart Muhammadu Buhari, who was in the country for a three day state visit.

During his visit to Kenya, the Nigerian President who is also heading to Addis Ababa, for AU summit, held bilateral talks with President Kenyatta.

The two leaders pledged to work together to make Africa a better place for present and future generations.

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According to The Daily Nation they agreed to join hands in addressing challenges facing Nigeria and Kenya including corruption, terrorism and radicalization, which they termed as “obstacles to development”.

The AU is holding the 26th Ordinary Session of the AU General Assembly for Heads of State and Government this Saturday.

At the summit, the Heads of State and Government are expected to appoint the Bureau and Drafting Committee for 2016; discuss strategic issues such as financing the African Union, Governance, Elections and Constitutionalism.

African leaders are also set to launch the ‘African Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on women’s rights, consider reports and draft decisions of the Committees of the Union as well as adopting decisions and declarations of the Assembly of the African Union.

President Kenyatta, who is leading the Kenyan delegation at the summit is expected to voice Kenya’s position on a number of issues at the continental level.

While in Addis Ababa, the President will also attend the Meeting of the Committee of Ten (C10) on the United Nations reforms.

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