The Kenyan High Commissioner to Uganda, Kiema Kilonzo, has said his country is committed to promoting friendship and mutual understanding between the two countries.
Kenya is set to celebrate Jamhuri (independence) day observed every December 12.
Speaking at a function to pay a visit to orphans at Masulita Children’s Village in Wakiso District, Kilonzo said in a bid to express the close friendships between the two countries, they are set to organize a number of activities meant to cement the relationship.
“We want to express solidarity and support the concerted efforts of the Ugandan people to positively impact the lives of the underprivileged in the society,”Kilonzo said.
He later donated an assortment of goodies to orphans including shoes, maize flour, wheat flour, cooking oil, soap, sugar, bread, beans and soya flour.
Kilonzo asked orphans not to lose hope for the future was still bright and waiting for them to shape it.
“The next president of Uganda will come from among you. Some of you will become Uganda’s next MPs, government officials and stakeholders,” he said.
The Kenyan High Commissioner applauded the First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni for spearheading Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans [UWESO] that made it possible for street children and orphaned children to have a new lease of life.
He promised to engage the Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta through her “Beyond Zero Campaign” to partner with UWESO in a bid to improve health and livelihoods of Ugandan women and children.
Accompanied by officials from the Kenyan High Commission, Amb Kilonzo preached the message of hope and perseverance in the face of adversity, saying losing one’s parents or family was not the end of the world.
Speaking at the same event, Rose Tumusiime, the chairperson of UWESO and also Entebbe Municipality MP, said the NGO had rescued 104 children in the past five years.
“We have children from Karamoja, Kampala streets and other areas. They have been rehabilitated in our children homes. We have also started a vocational training institute to give them life skills,”Tumusiime said.
Meanwhile, the Kenyan High Commission in Uganda has also organised a golf tournament set for December 8.
Speaking to journalists, Peter Macharia, a counsellor at the Kenyan High Commission said the golf tournament will attract over 200 players from all over Uganda.
“It is one of the social events we have organised as an appreciation to the love and friendship from our brothers from Uganda,”Macharia said.