ONE ON ONE WITH THE CURRENT KENYAN AMBASSADOR TO THE USA DR ROBINSON GITHAE.
It was an opportunity of a lifetime to get a one on one discussion with my Ambassador Dr Robinson Githae, to be honest it is not the norm to seek and receive audience with any Ambassador at all therefore I count my rare opportunity as such and as a blessing too.
After the Jamuhuri Celebrations which are to commemorate the independence of my country Kenya held in Washington DC, I had the rare invitation to visit the Kenyan Embassy and have Tea with the Ambassador before I left to return to Seattle Washington. I was greeted with a warm welcome and was invited to join Mr Githae or Balozi as we refer to him in honor of his position.
During our talk Balozi shared with me some of the strides as am embassy we are making, one of them is the prospect to have direct flights from Kenya to the USA, this goal once fully executed will allow for Kenya to bring in fresh flowers and produce directly without making any stops thus improving our exports.
The government is also working on having voter registration to be done here in the USA to allow Kenyans to vote despite being away from home, this will save a lot of Kenyans the cost of travelling back home to be able to participate in the voting process, this is such as relief to many Kenyans because it makes it easier for them to still have a say in their countries future.
Balozi shared part of the president’s speech during the actual celebrations back in Kenya, the president assured the whole country that there will be free, fair and with no violence elections in 2017 which is this year. This was a very significant reassurance from the president because we have had civil war in the past and thus every election comes with fear and hearing that the president is working to ensure that we have peaceful elections is a relief to all.
Dr Githae had the privilege to attend Miss world that took place on the 18th of December 2016 which was a day after the Jamhuri celebrations. As a pageant queen and in my capacity as the First Princess of Washington state 2016, I was very interested on his take on pageantry since this was his second time attending a pageant.
His words were our representative Everlyn Njambi of Kiambu County was the “fairest of them all” he was very proud of her and the fact that she made it to top five in one of the biggest pageants ever. Dr Githae expressed his profound appreciation for pageantry and the fact that its putting our country on the map, he commented that pageantry is a means to sell our county to others and he promised to look in to getting more support from the government for young Kenyan ladies representing the country in pageants in the years to come.
It was such a privilege for the Ambassador to take time off his busy schedule and give me a one on one discussion with him, I was able to learn more on what the government is doing to make our lives comfortable despite being so far from home, and also learn of the various services such as issuance of National Identifications and passports at the Embassy.