President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today held talks with former United States President Bill Clinton at State House, Nairobi.
They discussed President Clinton’s projects in Kenya, which centred on agriculture and promoting small enterprises, while conserving the environment.
President Kenyatta and President Clinton also discussed the Clinton Education Initiative, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI).
Some of the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s achievements in Kenya include the rolling out of the network for HIV viral load testing. Kenya now has the highest number of viral load tests run in sub-Saharan Africa outside South Africa, with 150,000 patients tested at KEMRI in the first quarter of 2015.
The Clinton Climate Initiative, on the other hand, has helped in the rehabilitation of the Mau Forest Complex. The Initiative organized local residents into a Community Forest Association that planted 130,000 trees and established 45 tree nurseries.
President Clinton, at the request of President Kenyatta, said he will initiate a pilot project for small scale farmers on environmental conservation. He said he looked forward to the project reaching 20,000 farmers in 18 months to two years. President Clinton’s love for Africa has seen him scaling up his projects in Kenya.
He commended President Kenyatta for his visionary and democratic leadership.
President Clinton was accompanied by his daughter Chelsea who briefed President Kenyatta and the First Lady on her visit to Mbagathi District Hospital in Nairobi where she chatted with nurses about access to primary healthcare.
Chelsea praised the First Lady on the achievements of the ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign, saying the Clinton Foundation is proud to be associated with the First Lady’s program because it is important that “no mother dies while giving life”.
President Kenyatta welcomed the former US President to Kenya and thanked him for his dedication to improving the lives of Kenyans, especially in health and education which are among the Jubilee Government’s key areas of focus.
“We welcome you to Kenya. We would like to partner with you in helping to improving the lives of Kenyans,” President Kenyatta said.
The meeting was also attended by Cabinet Secretaries Dr. Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs and International Trade), Anne Waiguru (Devolution and Planning), Prof. Judy Wakhungu (Environment, Water and Natural Resources), Joseph Nkaissery (Interior), Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi (Education), Adan Mohamed (Industrialization and Enterprise Development) and Henry Rotich (National Treasury).
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