Kenya lobbies for Commonwealth top job
During a meeting with new president Hakando Hitchirema on Thursday, Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiani urged Zambia to support a bid for Kenya’s top federal post.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta last week proposed appointing Defense Minister Monica Zuma as federal secretary-general.
The meeting in Zambia marked the beginning of Kenya’s shuttle diplomacy between the group’s 54 member states. This will have to support Ms.
Zuma to get a seat. Like Zambia and Kenya, it belongs to the Commonwealth, colloquially called the Club, which includes Britain and the former colony of Rwanda and Mozambique.
Kenya and Zambia are former British colonies and also belong to regional groups such as the African Union and the South East African Common Market (Comesa).
“[Dr.] Mattian flew to Lusaka on Thursday morning [and] delivered the Kenyan president’s request to Mr. Hikirema to support the candidate for Kenya’s federal secretary,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.