US welcomes Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointment as peace envoy by his successor President William Ruto saying his work will be crucial.
The former president Uhuru Kenyatta’s nomination as Kenya’s peace envoy to the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes area has been hailed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs.
The Bureau stated on Twitter on Friday that Uhuru will continue to be instrumental in promoting negotiations and peaceful resolutions of any problems that are currently occurring or that are yet to arise in the aforementioned locations.
Uhuru played a crucial role in peace negotiations in Ethiopia, South Sudan, DR Congo, and Somalia during his 10 years as president.
“We welcome the appointment of Uhuru Kenyatta as peace envoy for the conflict in Northern Ethiopia and in Eastern DRC. A critical time for both conflicts – his work will be crucial,” the Bureau of African Affairs tweeted.
The Bureau is responsible for advising the Secretary of State on issues relating to sub-Saharan Africa.
It seeks solutions in three key areas, including the consolidation of democratic gains among African nations, expanding economic growth, and stemming the spread of HIV and AIDS.
President William Ruto assigned Uhuru the responsibility of leading Kenya’s peace initiatives across the mentioned region during his inauguration ceremony on Tuesday.
President Ruto pointed out that Uhuru had done a commendable job in steering peace initiatives, especially in Ethiopia and the Great Lakes Region which comprises of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.), Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda.