– Kalonzo Musyoka was appointed as a Special Envoy to monitor peace in the Republic of South Sudan
– His appointment is in furtherance of Kenya’s commitment towards shared prosperity in the region
– The former vice president is now expected to steer the country’s pursuit of lasting peace and security in South Sudan
– The appointment comes at a time when Uhuru is hosting South Sudan President Salva Kiir
Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has been appointed as a Special Envoy to monitor peace in the Republic of South Sudan.
The appointment by President Uhuru Kenyatta was announced through a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, July 2.
According to the letter, the Wiper party leader’s appointment is in furtherance of Kenya’s commitment towards shared prosperity in the region in general.
It is also to the pursuit of lasting peace and security in South Sudan through the acceleration of the implementation of the Revitalised-Agreement on Conflict Resolution in South Sudan.
“His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya has appointed Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, the former Vice President as his Special Envoy to the Republic of South Sudan, read the statement.
“The appointment is furtherance of Kenya’s efforts towards shared prosperity in the region, in general, and to the pursuit of lasting peace and security in South Sudan,” it readon.
The appointment came while South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, was on the last day of his two-day visit to Kenya and after being hosted by his Kenyan counterpart at state House.
During a state banquet on Monday, July 1, Uhuru appealed to the leadership of South Sudan to consolidate the peace dividend to accelerate the country’s social and economic growth.
“The leadership of South Sudan, across the entire spectrum, have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to forge for lasting peace that provides the internal stability and enabling environment for your country’s take-off, both economically and socially,” Uhuru said.
Kalonzo has in the past been involved in mediation efforts in South Sudan and Somalia with one of his success stories coming in the former country.
This was when, together with General Lazarus Sumbeyio, he helped midwife the separation of the East African nation from Sudan.
Kalonzo also becomes the second member of the opposition that Uhuru has secured for a job in the region after Raila Odinga who is African Union special envoy for infrastructure.
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