SIGNING OF THE BUJUMBURA MARATHON MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU)
The Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Burundi, Ms. Njambi Kinyungu participated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), in conjunction with other stakeholders in Burundi dubbed the Bujumbura Marathon Committee (BUMOC) to initiate the Bujumbura Marathon on Tuesday 27th May, 2013. BUMOC consists of: Embassy of the Republic of Kenya, Bujumbura; The Sports Gymnasium; Burundi National Tourism Office; The Burundi National Olympic Committee; The Wright Tours and Travel Agency, Burundi; and, the Green Belt Action for the Environment. Read more
EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY (EAC) TOURIST VISA
The Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Bujumbura is pleased to inform that following the Launch of the East African Tourist Visa by Heads of States ok Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda on 20th February 2014 in Kampala, Uganda, the Embassy has commenced the issuance of the same. Kindly be informed that those interested to apply will fill the usual visa FORM 22 available from our website or at the Embassy offices at PTA Bank Building, 2nd floor. The Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Bujumbura avails itself of this opportunity to renew the assurances of its highest consideration Read more
KENYA EMBASSY AND KENYAN CORPORATE PARTICIPATE IN THE 2014 OPEN HOUSE DAYS (JOURNÉES PORTES OUVERTES) ORGANIZED BY BURUNDI’S MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS & INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
As part of economic diplomacy and support to regional integration, the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya to Burundi, Kenyan corporate and SMEs are participating at the 2014 Journées Portes Ouvertes edition organized by the Ministry of External Relations & international Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi. The theme of the 2014 open House day is ‘’ Cooperation and Development of the Private Sector’’. The four day event commenced on 8th April and will end on 11th April 2014. The 2014 JPO edition in being at Club du Lac Tanganyika Hotel in the form of plenary sessions as well as exhibitions.
Kenya Embassy and 13 companies and SMEs are exhibiting their goods and services at this event which is open to investors, public and private institutions as well as the general Burundian populace. It is intended to show-case the work the facilitative role MERIC plays in attracting investment and development support to Burundi’s economic growth and improved wellbeing of her citizens.
Kenya Embassy and Kenya Burundi Business Association (KBBA) have mobilized 13 Kenyan companies to participate at this event. They are – Safintra Burundi, Kenya Ports Authority, Pembe millers, Sameer (Yana), KCb Burundi, kobil Burundi, Kenya Airways, Burundi Network & Data Solutions, SNE International, A+ Media, Jubilee Insurance, DTB and KK Security.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KENYA PORTS AUTHORITY (KPA) LIAISON OFFICE IN BURUNDI ON 31ST JANUARY 2014
The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has established a Liaison Office in Bujumbura, Burundi to provide dedicated port services to the Burundi business community. Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, Eng. Michael S. M. Kamau accompanied by the KPA Chairman Danson Mungatana, Managing Director Gichiri Ndua and Eng. G.M. Arasa from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure arrived in Bujumbura on 30th January, 2014 to preside over the programme which other than the official opening and the launch also included courtesy calls at the Embassy of Kenya in Burundi and to his counterpart the Minister for Transport, Public Works and Equipment of the Republic of Burundi Eng. Déogratias Rurimunzu.
The Cabinet Secretary and his entourage paid a courtesy on the Chargé d’Affaires Ms. Njambi Kinyungu at the Kenya Embassy in Bujumbura, on 31st January, 2013. He also held discussions with representatives of Kenyan business people in Burundi led by the chairperson Ms. Gloria Nyambok Chairperson of the Association of Kenyans Living in Burundi (AKB).
The Cabinet Secretary and his entourage also paid a courtesy on the Minister for Transport, Public Works and Equipment of the Republic of Burundi Eng. Deogratias Rurimunzu at his office. Read more
TREE PLANTING EXERCISE AT THE PROFESSOR WANGARI CORNER IN CELEBRATION OF KENYA’S JUBILEE
The Kenya Embassy in collaboration with the Association of Kenyans Living in Burundi (AKB) and Kenyan corporate in Burundi with the support of the Office of His Worship the Mayor of Bujumbura and the Association of Youth for Progress conducted a tree planting exercise at the Professor Wangari Maathai Corner in Nyakabiga, Bujumbura.
The exercise conducted on 14th December, 2013 in celebration of Kenya’s 50th Anniversary which also coincided with international tree planting day.
The occasion was graced by presence of the 2nd President of the Republic of Burundi His Excellency Gervais Rufyikiri and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water, Environment, Territory Development and Urbanism.
KENYANS IN BUJUMBURA CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF KENYA’S INDEPENDENCE
Kenyans in Bujumbura congregated at the Nonara Beach Hotel to celebrate 50 years of the independence of the Republic of Kenya led by the Charge d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Burundi, Ms. Njambi Kinyungu.
The occasion consisted of a formal cocktail party featuring diplomats, host government officials and other dignitaries. This session was graced by the Chief Guest Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of External Relations and International Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi Amb. Albert Shingiro.
In her speech during the occasion, the Charge d’Affaires a.i reminisced Kenya’s prolific journey in the last 50 years to the current status as a regional and international point of reference while lauding the vibrant relations between Kenya and Burundi. In response, Ambassador Shingiro highlighted Kenya’s sterling achievements and stated that Kenya/ Burundi relations were on an upward trend and looked forward to even greater collaboration between the brotherly states.
Food and the Kenyan fabled beer Tusker flowed during the second session of the celebrations which was dubbed “Kenya Cultural Night”. Laughter and goodwill rent the air in cadence with patriotic songs and music by popular Kenyan musicians. The Kenya Burundi Business Association (KBBA) was also officially launched by the CDA a.i. during the event to form the corporate arm of the Association of Kenyans Living in Burundi (AKB). KBBA is specifically commissioned to tackle challenges facing the Kenyan business community in Burundi.
The colourful ceremony was a resounding success only made possible with the support of the AKB and the generous donations in cash and in kind from Kenyan Burundian corporate.
JABE ORPHANAGE'S VISIT ON SUNDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2013 IN CELEBRATION OF KENYAN JUBILEE
The President of the Republic of Kenya His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta attended the 51st Anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Burundi on 1st July, 2013 held at the Boulevard de l’Independence in Bujumbura. He was accompanied by the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta. The Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Amina Mohamed was part of the entourage of the Head of State.
During the occasion, H.E. President Kenyatta handed over 23, 885 Dumu Zas iron sheets estimated at 256, 764 USD to his host H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza, the President of the Republic of Burundi. The donation is within the context of the existing Kenya/ Burundi Joint Commission for Cooperation (JPC) signed in 2011 and towards fulfilling Kenya’s pledge for Bilateral Assistance and Technical Support.
This gesture is a reaffirmation of our solidarity with Burundi in the process of reconstruction and in support of the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRSP II) as presented at the Geneva Conference of October, 2012 in which Kenya participated. The donation will further concretize the existing cordial relations between Kenya and Burundi at the bilateral and regional levels within the context of the East African Community (EAC).
EMBASSY BIDS FAREWELL TO OUTGOING STAFF
The Mission in July 2013 bid farewell to Ambassador Mweri
The Mission in 2012 bid farewell to its first group of diplomats that arrived between 2007-2008, these included:-
The Ambassador appreciated the dedicated service rendered by the above officers during there tour of duty,which helped the mission achieve its set goals and a record performance in meeting its set targets as a result of the team work that bound the Embassy staff.The above staff have to date been replaced.
VISIT TO BURUNDI BY THE KENYA DEFENCE STAFF COLLEGE (DSC), KAREN
A team from the Kenya Defence Staff College (DSC), Karen was in Burundi from 18th to 23rd March, 2012 to familiarize themselves with the defence, socio-political and economic development in the country. The group, comprising 6 members of staff and 20 students was lead by the College Chief of Staff, Colonel C. Otiato. The Burundi Ministry of Defence hosted the visitors with the coordination of the country’s Ministry of External Affairs and International Cooperation and the Kenya Embassy, Bujumbura.
THE BURUNDI 2ND VICE PRESIDENT VISITS PEMBE MILLERS, BUJUMBURA
The 2nd Vice President of the Republic of Burundi, H.E. Honourable Gervais Rufyikiri who is also in-charge of economic issues of the country paid a visit to the Pembe Millers factory in Bujumbura on 6th March 2012. He was conducted around the factory by the factory’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Taib ,The Ambassador was also at hand to receive him. Read more
THE URGE TO EXPLORE EAST AFRICA BRINGS MALINDI TEACHERS TO BURUNDI
Twenty Two members of the Kenya Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA), Malindi chapter toured Burundi from 26th to 29th March, 2012. They were accompanied by two Education Officers-Mr. H.D. Kachumbo and Ms. Priscillar Tsanzi. Mr. Kalu Birya, KEPSHA Chairman-MCD Central Zone and a Kenya National Union of Teachers official, Mr. Moses Mramba were also in the tour. read more
CONFERENCE OF THE AFRICAN MINISTERS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE CAMPS HELD IN BURUNDI
The 7th Conference of the African Ministers for Public Service took place in Bujumbura from 20th to 24th February, 2012. The Conference was hosted by the government of Burundi with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the African Union Commission (AUC). Participants included the twelve (12) Member States namely Algeria, Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. The AUC and the UNDP also participated. read more
13th EAC summit of heads of state -To took place 30th November, 2011
THE AFRICAN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY CONDUCTS A HIGH PROFILE VISIT TO BUJUMBURA
The top management of the African Nazarene University (ANU) led by Professor Leah Marangu, the Vice Chancellor were in Burundi from 2nd to 6th June 2010 with the aim of bringing the quality education offered by her institution closer to Burundians. Read more...
THE KENYA BARCLAYS BANK BUSINESS CLUB AND THE BRAND KENYA BOARD CONDUCTS A SUCCESSFUL TOUR OF BURUNDI
The Barclays Bank of Kenya sponsored a delegation of Twenty Eight (28) Members of its Business Club on a tour of Bujumbura from 24th to 27th May, 2010. The team consisted of the Bank’s Business Club Country Manager Ms. Caroline Kadenge, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Brand Kenya Board Mrs.Read more...
AMBASSADOR'S DIARY: H.E. THE AMBASSADOR TOURS BURUNDI PROVINCES
H.E. Ambassador Benjamin Mweri accompanied by Mr.