by Naftali Mwaura
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Wednesday
beat Djibouti to secure the African bloc vote that is expected
to revitalize campaigns for a non-permanent seat at the UN
A statement from the ministry of
foreign affairs said Nairobi obtained 37 votes against
Djibouti’s 13 during an election held by the African Union
Permanent Representatives Committee (AU PRC) in the Ethiopian
Capital, Addis Ababa.
"I wish to thank the AU PRC members for this determination.
"This endorsement is an affirmation that Kenya has remained
true to the decisions and aspirations of the African Union and
confirms that it is a safe and dependable pair of hands," said
Monica Juma, cabinet secretary in the ministry of foreign
She said that Kenya will be committed to the pursuit of pan
African interests and aspirations once it secures a seat at the
premier UN organ during elections that will be held in June
"Kenya commits to the African brothers and sisters that we
shall be a bold voice for Africa and shall steadfastly promote
and defend the African positions," said Juma.
The African Union will soon present Kenya to the UN Security
Council to participate in elections that could pave way for the
East African nation to serve in the non-permanent seat from 2021
Kenya is expected to join Niger and Tunisia that were elected
in June to seat at the UN’s top decision making organ on peace
"Given Kenya’s Foreign Policy which is strongly afro-centric,
the elections to the UNSC will give the country the opportunity
to build consensus across regional and global matters that
affect Africa," said the ministry of foreign affairs.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has since last year engaged in
shuttle diplomacy to lobby for support for Kenya’s bid to secure
a seat at the UN Security Council.
The Kenyan leader has in the last couple of months met dozens
of foreign heads of state and government to request support as
Nairobi eyes a seat at the apex UN organ that is expected to
boost its credentials as a regional diplomatic hub.
President Uhuru Kenyatta
welcomes African Union
endorsement of Kenya U.N. Security Council bid
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday
welcomed the African Union’s endorsement of the country’s bid
for a UN Security Council seat.
In a statement issued in Nairobi hours after the pan African
body endorsed Nairobi for the key seat, Kenyatta called on the
rest of the United Nations member states to support the
Kenya won the eastern Africa region spot after garnering 37
votes against Djibouti’s 13 during an election held by the
African Union Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
"I am grateful to the African Union’s PRC for the confidence
they have shown by endorsing our candidature for the United
Nations Security Council (UNSC) non-permanent seat," Kenyatta
He said the backing by the African Union is a mark of
confidence in Kenya’s capability to represent the continent’s
interests at the global arena.
Kenyatta expressed confidence that with the support of the
continental body, the country is better placed to secure the
non-permanent seat for the period 2020 to 2021 during the
elections scheduled for June next year.
Kenyatta who called on the rest of the UN member states to
back Kenya during the June 2020 elections, said the country’s
bid is informed by the critical role the UN Security Council
plays in the maintenance of international peace and security.
The east African nation has lately intensified shuttle
diplomacy to win backing for the non-permanent seat at the UN
Security Council amid competition from Djibouti.
Kenyatta has met dozens of foreign heads of state and
government to lobby for their support towards Kenya’s bid at the
apex UN organ charged with maintaining international peace and
Nairobi has previously been a non-permanent member of the
council twice in 1973-1974 and 1997-1998.