United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has hailed Kenya for its greatest role it is playing in ensuring peace and security in Africa.
Ki Moon thanked President Kenyatta for playing a leading role in managing the renewed crisis in South Sudan, saying he is encouraged by the unified voice of African leaders on regional security issues.
He commended Uhuru for his leadership and personal engagement, saying they are working together to ensure that peace returns to Juba and the rest of South Sudan.
“I appreciate Kenyan efforts to continue to impress on the parties in South Sudan to strictly abide by the cessation of hostilities and return to the peace process,” said Ki Moon.
Speaking at a joint media briefing alongside President Uhuru on Sunday at State House Nairobi, Moon at the same time thanked the Kenyan government and her citizens for their hospitality in hosting refugees from Somalia and other troubled nations within the region.
Ki Moon said Kenya has a long and remarkable tradition as a welcoming and generous nation.
As civilians fled the renewed fighting in South Sudan to neighbouring areas, including Kakuma camp in Kakuma, Moon said, he commends the hospitality of the Kenyan people towards the refugees.
On his part, according to State House, President Kenyatta said regional leaders have a primary responsibility in maintaining peace in the region and called on the international community to support their efforts.
He also called on a review of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) so that it can robustly enforce it in the country.
“The UN Security Council would be well advised to vary the mandate of UNMISS so that it can separate those who have turned to violence, so that it can protect the infrastructure South Sudan has built, and so that it can enforce the peace,” said Kenyatta.
At the same time he commended South Sudanese leaders for agreeing to ceasefire, saying it should be enforced fully without any delay.
He said all parties to the conflict have to submit themselves to the joint security agreements, especially those establishing the joint integrated police units to patrol Juba.
Ki Moon and his host Kenyatta, addressed the press shortly after presiding over the opening ceremony of the 14th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Present during the function were the UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi, Director General United Nations office in Nairobi Sahle-Work Zewde, Foreign Affairs Principal Monica Juma among other senior government officials.