A group of Kenyans who work and stay in Uganda on Wednesday 11th December met for a dinner at Serena Hotel in Kampala for the Kenya National Day celebration normally referred to as Jamhuri Day.
This was ahead of the actual national celebrations that take place annually on the 12th December in Kenya, a day that Kenya celebrates the historical moment that she attained full independence, established self-rule and achieved freedom and liberty to determine its political, social and economic destine.
The celebrations that kicked off on 5th December were headed and organized by the High Commission of Kenya in Uganda and saw a number of Kenyans and their Ugandan counterparts participate in different activities like the Kenya golf tournament that took place last week at the Uganda Golf Club in Kitante and a visit to the Masulita Children’s village where they donated items to the children.
Speaking at the dinner that was graced by the Ugandan Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Ephraim Kamuntu, the High Commissioner of the republic of Kenya to Uganda Kiema Kilonzo said this day was important to Kenyans as it gives them an opportunity to reflect on their past.
“We continue to rejoice the resilience of our industrious and richly diversified society that has coexisted for decades. Our unity is our strength that has shielded and protected us against all forms of threats,” he said.
He further thanked the government of Uganda and the citizens for being very good hosts of the Kenyans diasporas in Uganda and asked for strengthened economic, social and political relationship between the two countries as the region continues to strive for a stronger East African Community.
“Since trade between our two countries has been on upward trajectory, there is still existence of a huge potential that has not been fully utilized, it is imperative that going forward, we address trade costs, which constitutes a significant percentage of the final market prices,” he said.
Minister Kamuntu in his speech also dwelled on the good relation trade and social relationship between the two countries and called upon both countries to continue working together to achieve bigger economic and political dreams.
According to the minister, as of November 2018, Kenya and Uganda had exchanged a total of about $1.178b trade band which is a true testimony of the benefits of good neighborhood and regional integration.
“Our two countries have also played active roles in several regional and sub regional arrangements. Together we implemented the northern corridor integration project which eased movement of goods and people across the region. We are looking forward to implementing the Standard Gauge Railway project very soon,” he said.