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September 2007

Vice President Moody Awori addresses Kenyans in the Diaspora

Investor Confidence Soars as Kenyan Economy Continues to Grow

Kenya Tourist Board Celebrates 10th Birthday with Boost to Kenyan Economy

Explore The Hills and Mountains of Kenya

d Expecte Growth in 2007


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2 3 4 Montage - Wildlife Contents Vice President Addresses Issue of ‘Food Miles’ Kenyans Urged to Develop a Culture of Buying Flowers 5 Portrait of President Kibaki Message from the High Commissioner 6 Kenya Tourist Board Celebrates 10th Birthday with Boost to Kenyan Economy East African Community Opts for Monetary Union by the Year 2012 Vice President Addresses Kenyans in the Diaspora His Highness The Aga Khan Commends Kenya’s Economic Growth Investor Confidence Soars as Kenyan Economy Continues to Grow 12-13 14 15-16 17-19 20 MoneyLineUK: Professional, Reliable and African Montage - The People of Kenya Public Service with a Smile and Results Explore The Hills and Mountains of Kenya Scouts Contingent Visits Mission M-pesa Vodaphone Money Transfer Launched 21-22 High Commissioner Leads Efforts to Form East African Community in the Diaspora About this Newsletter 23 24 Health & Nutritional Products About the Kenya High Commission

September 2007

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ange, and described substantial amounts of foreign exch punitive but heavily the ‘Food Miles’ concept as not only flawed and selective. t, as the debate is Under the ‘food miles’ concep been on-going in the commonly known, a campaign has against long haul European countries to discriminate air-freighted goods. transportation especially of leading supermarket Environmentalists are lobbying European capitals, to chains and policy makers in l air-freighted goods discourage consumption of long-hau of goods over long on the basis that transportation Europe contributes to distances such as from Africa to emissions into the global warming through carbon atmosphere by aeroplanes.
Vice President Moody Awori

has encouraged the Vice President Moody Awori London to continue Kenya High Commission in kers in the United aggressively lobbying policy ma rictions on airlifted Kingdom against imposing rest ya. horticultural produce from Ken in London, the Vice Addressing staff at the mission if implemented, the President expressed concerns that ltural industry noting move will harm the country’s horticu ions of Kenyans. Mr that the sector is a life-line to mill earn the country Awori said horticultural exports

. Mr Joseph Muchemi The Kenya High Commissioner H.E paign dubbed ‘Grown recently launched a counter cam agricultural trade fair under the Sun’ at Britain’s largest consumers about the in Coventry to inform British with sourcing fresh development benefits associated under the Sun’ logo will produce from Kenya. The ‘Grown ind consumers that appear in UK supermarkets to rem vegetables and flowers purchasing fresh Kenyan fruits, yans who depend on helps to sustain thousands of Ken the UK and other long exporting horticultural produce to haul destinations.
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The Kenya Flower Co uncil (KFC) Chairman, Mr Erastus Muriithi ha of buying flowers in s urged Kenyans to de order to boost the velop a culture horticultural sector, livelihood for more th which has become a an 100,000 Kenyans. major source of Mr Murithi also told de legates at a workshop at the Kenya Agricultura with European Union (EU l Research Institute tha ) authorities to resolve t KFC, is negotiating the standoff between the the issue of the carbon council and retailers suc footprint of Kenyan blo h as Tesco, over oms sold in Europe. Th are handling the matte e Kenyan government r. and the EU authorities
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His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki CGH, MP President of the Republic of Kenya Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces ‘When you elected me to serve you, I decided to work towards improving the quality of life of all Kenyans and that is what I have been doing and will continue to do for this country… That is the work you have given me and I want to assure you that I will do it well’
President Kibaki speaking at a public rally in Kizurini Primary School, Kaloleni District. 29th August 2007

A Mission Serving our Partners, Friends and all Kenyans
I am delighted in releasing the issue Number Seven of our monthly newsletter. The issue has highlighted a range of issues from all the sectors of Kenya’s economy. In particular, the visit of H.E. the Vice President and Minister for Home Affairs visit to London from 18th – 22nd August 2007. The Vice President addressed a large gathering of Kenyans in London on 19th August 2007 where he urged Kenyans to love their motherland. I am certain that the meeting was a learning experience for Kenyans who anticipate to invest in Kenya as an account of available opportunities was vividly given by the Vice President. The Mission will endeavour to organise more of such meetings for other senior government Ministers to enlighten and seek the opinion of Kenyans in the diaspora on the best way they will be involved in the overall government development efforts.

‘The Mission encourages the formation of organized networks of all Kenyans and their friends in the Diaspora and will facilitate their efforts to participate in aid and development activities in Kenya.’
H.E Mr. Joseph Muchemi High Commissioner



Tourism now contributes more to the economy of Kenya than any other sector, said Dr. Ongong’a Achieng, Managing Director of the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) when announcing record visitor figures in Nairobi on Tuesday 31st July. Nearly fifteen percent of the Kenyan GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is provided by the Kenyan tourism industry with tourism earnings for the first six months of 2007 showing an increase of over 25% to £250 million. If growth in visitor figures and yield continues at its present pace the Board expects that tourism earnings for the current year will exceed £450 million. For the first six months of 2007 the number of visitors arriving by air rose over 13% to approach the half million mark with Kenyans’ largest long distance market, the United Kingdom, contributing over 90,000 arrivals – a rise of nearly 30%. Notably the USA has now moved in to second place in the growth league with nearly 50,000 arrivals due, in part, says KTB, to the arrival of a daily Virgin Atlantic service via London Heathrow. Based on a stable domestic market and with an upward trend in regional arrivals, Dr Achieng looked forward to further success. He welcomed the large number of hotel refurbishments that are taking place; the opening of a

number of new spas and said that the Board was continuing its world-wide search for partners in new hotel investment. Whilst thanking the members of the travel industry for their hard work and dedication over the last decade, Dr Achieng noted that tourism is now Kenya’s greatest industry - a success story for Africa. Most importantly, tourism has shown that it can and will help the people of Kenya in line with the Government’s vision which aims to transform Kenya into a middle income society by 2030. For further information, please contact the Kenya Tourist Board on 020 7367 0928 or visit

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The 6th Extra-Ordinary Summit of for the People of East Africa for their Heads of State meeting in Aru sha overwhelming support tow ards the Tanzania, on 20th August integration and agreed on the need launched the process of politica l to mobilize and deepen sensitiz ation federation by agreeing to mo ve on the issue so as to stimulat e greater expeditiously towards the political will to promote deeper establishment of a Commo n economic integration and lock in Market and a Monetary Union by gains achieved from eco nomic 2012. cooperation. The summit which was attended by President Mwai Kibaki directed the EAC secretariat to first explore the possibility of achieving the thresho ld of the Customs Union earlier and then develop a strategic framewo rk for fast tracking the establishmen t of a Common Market and the Moneta ry Union for consideration by the Council and the next summit. of Africa had, will finally come to fruition.

The summit also directed that the Secretariat quickly propose an East Speaking during the closure of the African Industrial and Investm ent summit President Yoweri Kaguta Strategy supported by an institutiona l Museveni of Uganda who is the decision-making authority with a view Chairman of the East Afri can to promoting equitable industria l Community, said the overwh elming development in East Africa. support by the East Africans on political federation gives the leaders a In a joint communiqué read by the solid basis on which to proc eed and East African Secretary Gen eral implement the long held wish of the Ambassador Juma Mwapachu, the people of this region and Afri ca as a summit also agreed that the whole to transcend the colonial Community should explore the borders. President Museveni thanked possibility of negotiating as a block on President Mwai Kibaki for his tireless Economic Partnership Agreem ent efforts in ensuring that the process is (EPA) with the European Union. not reversed by agreeing to fast trac k it. He also thanked former leaders of On the process of political federatio n East Africa for initiating the process the Summit expressed its appreciatio n saying the vision the founding fathers

Others who attended the sum mit were host President Jakaya Mri sho Kikwete of Tanzania, President Pau l Kagame of Rwanda, second Vice President of Burundi Gab riel Ntisezerana and President of the On Rwanda and Burundi which wer e Revolutionary Government of attending the summit as full members Zanzibar Amani Abeid Karum e. for the first time, the summit aske d Others who accompanied Pres ident the two nations to undertake nationa l Kibaki during the summit were consultations on the establishmen t of Minister John Koech, Attorney an East African Political federatio n. General Amos Wako, Ass istant The summit further requested the Ministers Moses Wetangula and Boni two new member states to speed up Khalwale among others. the process of integrating fully in the East African Community Custom s Report compiled from various sources Union. including the Kenya Min
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try’s viding a road map for the coun ion 2030 is a broad strategy pro Vis s’. nomic, social and political pillar trialization goal anchored on eco indus
ori has said the Vice President Moody Aw ing incentives to government will continue giv ble them contribute Kenyans in the Diaspora to ena Vision 2030 goal of towards the achievement of middle income transforming Kenya into a aking in London economy. Mr Awori was spe of Kenyans who where he addressed hundreds Ireland. reside in the United Kingdom and yans live abroad from He noted that thousands of Ken 67 billion annually, a where they remit a total of Ksh sform the economy figure he said has helped tran vice President added, substantially. The government, the e their earnings at a is keen to help them send hom l banks to establish cheaper cost by encouraging loca branches abroad. don for a five day visit The Vice President who was in Lon e Awori explained that accompanied by his wife Mrs Ros iding a road map for Vision 2030 is a broad strategy prov goal anchored on the country’s industrialization rs. economic, social and political pilla

addressing Kenyans at the Vice President Moody Awori - London Cumberland Hotel

ri and H.E. Mr Joseph (Above) Vice President Moody Awo i arriving at the confrence Muchem of (Right - top and bottom) Members the Vice President questions to the gathering posing


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(Left) Part of the gathering that came to listen to the Vice President at the Cumberland hotel (Below) Vice President Moody Awori and his wife Rose Awori

The political pillar aims at creati ng an issue based society devo id of the mudslinging that has characteriz ed the political landscape
He said the political pillar aim s at new constitution would be in place voting rights for Ken creating an issue based society dev yans in the oid this year. “We lost an opportu nity to Diaspora would be provided of the mudslinging that under the has enact a new constitution in 2003 and comprehensive revi characterized the political landscap ew of the e in 2005 and it won’t be pos sible to constitution, noting that as well as enactment of a there was a new have one this year,” he stat ed. constitution that guarantees bas general consensus in favour of the ic freedoms and rights for all Kenyan two issues. s. Mr Awori further assured the He, however, expressed doubt that a gathering that dual citizens hip and

‘Vision 2030 anticipates a sustai ned growth of 10 percent in the next five


On the economic front, the vice business to thrive with the private were bearing fruit. The president said vision 2030 anticipa cost of doing tes sector driving the process. a sustained growth which will rise business in Kenya will be brou to ght 10% by 2010 and thereafter down through improved infrastructur be The e Vice President expressed to make local products sustained for the rest of the period. competitive on He confidence that the econom y was on regional and internationa reiterated the government’s intentio l markets, he n the path to full recovery, citing the Ksh said. to concentrate on its core functio n of 1.65 trillion Gross Domestic Product as providing an enabling environmen t for an indicator that the reform measures

‘The high tax collections by Keny a Revenue Authority indicates that corruption loopholes have been sealed’
On corruption, he affirmed that the government was winning the war against the vice which he said had tarnished the country’s image. “Th e high tax collection by Kenya Revenu e Authority indicates that corrupt ion loopholes have been sealed,” he said adding that there are no new corruption cases before the courts. Mr Awori however criticized develop ed countries in whose banks proceed s of corruption have been stashed, for refusing to help unmask the identitie s of the account holders. sources was not meant to gag the press.

Responding to concerns about the The meeting was also add ressed by controversy surrounding the media bill Kenya High Commissioner in London which is awaiting presidential asse nt, H.E. Mr Joseph Muche mi. Also the vice president alluded to the present was the permanent secretary likelihood of it being returned to in the office of the Vice Presiden t and parliament in the interests of Ministry of Home Affairs Am b. Mrs democracy. He however clarified that Nancy Kirui, and staff of the Kenya the contentious clause which seek s to High Commission. compel journalists to disclose thei r

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‘Those who know Ke nya know that there are good reasons for this hopeful spirit’ ’At a recent World Ec onomic Forum, Kenya was ranked am ong the top three countries in Africa in welcoming investmen t and innovation’
His Highness the Ag a Khan has commen ded Kenya for achieving an im pressive economic gr owth in the last three year s, with the GDP ex pected to reach 6.9 % this ye ar. The Aga Khan no ted that du rin g th e sa me pe rio d, th ere ha s be en a significant inflow of foreign investment and a massive investment in education, health care and infrastructure. Referring to a new globa l opinion survey publishe d by the Pew Institute and the New York Times, His Hig hness the Aga Khan said Kenyan s had a reason to be optimistic about their future and that of their children as President Kibaki had transformed the country for the bette r. “Those who know Kenya know that there are good rea sons for this hopeful spirit,” His Highness the Aga Khan said. His Highness the Aga Khan was speaking du ring a state banquet hosted in his honour by President Kib aki and First Lady Mrs. Lucy Kib aki at State House Na irobi. He noted that Kenya ha s one of the highest per capita

President Mwai Kibaki congratulates His Hig hness the Aga Khan after bestowing him with Chief of Golden Heart, the highest Kenyan award during a state banquet in his honour at State House, Nairobi.

literacy rates in Afric a and is determined to make democracy work. His Hig hness the Aga Khan ad ded that the Kenya Governm ent has created an enabling environment for vibran t enterprise in fields such as agriculture and hortic ulture, tourism and fin ance. He went on to say that at a recent World Economi c Forum, Kenya was ranked am ong the top three co untries in Africa in welcoming inv estment and innovation .
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‘Projects to create about 3,900 jobs and bring in 200 expatriate managers’
In a major signal that Kenya’s resurgent economy is starting to attract serious foreign capital, 34 new investment projects worth Sh8 billion have been approved and are in various stages of implementation. Information from the Kenya Investments Authority (KIA) shows that these projects, which were approved between July 2006 and May 2007, are spread across services, manufacturing, tourism and agricultural sectors. These are industries that are currently enjoying fast growth. A major attraction is the limited capacity that some industries are facing as a result of economic expansion. The Kenyan economy is expected to growth by more than 6.3 per cent in 2007. Though the new projects are largely from relatively unknown firms, major multinational companies have set up base in the last one-year. They include: Nokia Telecom Corporation, which set up a Sh480 million facility for making mobile phones for the region, Virgin Atlantic which has brought in Sh105 million to launch flights to London and Tema Television Corporation. Other firms include Rift Valley Railways, Renaissance Capital and Google Corporation.
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Brightly coloured T-shirts matched by equally bright smiles. A forest of posters and brochures proclaiming vision statements and service charters. Strategic plan documents galore. A mindboggling display of products and services, of information and advice. “Welcome to our stand,” I heard so many times, with unfailing friendliness, relaxed and genuine. Where am I? Surely this must be a private sector event. Lots of upmarket multinationals probably But no, this is Kenya’s Public Service exhibition — and I’m only visiting its Nairobi manifestation. It’s like being in a dream. Crowds of “customers” mill around. Plenty of “staff” too — as well as retired public servants, no doubt as surprised as anyone as they see their former colleagues in full marketing mode. My first thought is that those manning the many stands are just normal Kenyans. After all, that’s why our hospitality industry does so well — we’re a naturally hospitable lot. But public servants, those of grim reputation, who specialise in telling you — and each other — exactly what’s not possible and why? Yes, public servants. On this sunny afternoon outside the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi these good men and women switched off their ‘unsmiles’ and reached out to us. Alongside the well-known ministries and departments, there are so many units I’d never heard of, all introducing

themselves and offering their support. So many knowledgeable people, anxious to share what they had. What a wonderful idea this exhibition is, and how uplifting to see the easy interactions, the cheerful flow. The exhibition dramatically reveals the full extent of the Results for Kenyans programme. Spearheaded and coordinated by the Public Sector Reform and Development Secretariat (PSRDS), to date it has been known principally for its Rapid Results Initiative. Through RRI, different ministries, departments and agencies have engaged with the team to accelerate progress in mission critical areas of their operations. (The RRI people are real enthusiasts, and I wasn’t surprised that their leader had come in from his leave to manage the stand.) We’ve heard about the RRIs in Immigration, at the Companies’ Registry, and more recently in Lands. What is less well known is that RRI is a component in a whole integrated network of performance management tools and techniques, so carefully and skilfully worked out that if they are even half successful, Kenya should eventually enjoy one of the finest public service organisations around, and certainly in Africa. It all will stem from the emerging Vision 2030, from which the various strategic plans and annual work plans will flow, for ministries and local authorities, for parastatals and Regional Development Authorities, as well as for the judiciary.

And the RRIs slot into and support the annual and longer term plans. The Ministry of Finance led three-year Medium Term Expenditure Framework will be increasingly aligned with the plans, as will the results based annual budgeting. Most now are familiar with the Performance Contracts that have already made a great difference to the effectiveness of the public service. And then there’s the new Performance Appraisal System that the Directorate of Personnel Management in the Ministry of State for Public Service is introducing. Finally, the Ministry of Planning and National Development is working on the National Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System. Our public servants have been studying global best practice, in countries like Canada, Sweden, Malaysia and the UK, and they have put together frameworks suitable for this place at this time. It’s a most impressive package. Of course people are impatient. And of course they are sceptical, as for many years now Kenyans have come to expect less than stellar performance from their public servants. Daily examples of incompetence and inefficiency abound, but surely I don’t need to expand on this, as much has — rightly — already been written in condemnation of past and present mismanagement and indifference to service. Insiders will tell you that efforts to “reform” started in 1993. Matters came to a head when, by the 24th September 2004 Cabinet Memorandum, the Public Sector Reform and Development Secretariat was established in the Cabinet Office.

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Its mission was clear: to transform the process-driven culture into a resultsdriven one. To return it, in a way, to what it had been when the service was first established in the immediate postindependence 1960s. There has been much debate, as much within the public service as among its stakeholders, as to whether it was possible to make even a dent in the entrenched inward looking, process driven culture. Public servants the world over are notorious for their aversion to change and to risk, skillfully resisting any initiative that takes them outside their comfort zone. Past efforts to change things have failed, the cynics (internal as much as external) smugly state, and so will this one. “We’ve seen such things come and go before,” the wise ones say, and they quote the recent example of the “Michuki” matatu industry reforms. But wait a minute. Early this week I was with a group of 60 or so senior public servants at the Kenya Institute of Administration. “How optimistic are you,” I asked them, “of the effort to substantially transform the public service from an inward-looking, process-driven culture to a client-focused, resultsdriven one, within three years?”

By far the majority were positive. My sense was that, unless they were brilliant actors (which not a few of our public servants are), they really were quite passionate about defending the position. Their reasons made sense, and were based on their experience and observations. “Is it simply that you are optimists by nature?” I asked them. Well, they admitted to having an optimistic streak in them, but stated firmly that their comments were not based on wishful thinking. I then asked the “realists” (as they described themselves), those with a more pessimistic view, whether they had been influenced by their more optimistic colleagues. Most stood firm, but one did defect… all the way to the uppermost quadrant. Was this an isolated view? No. I have been interacting with quite a number of such groups in the last year or so, from ministries, the police, provincial administration and suchlike, and my universal experience is that with one or two exceptions (who tend to get shouted down by the embarrassed majority) the mood is upbeat. These people really are becoming outward looking and keen to deliver service. Needless to say it’s all about leadership. Leaders who show great will to change things for the better, and who are informed and organized enough to introduce systems that will institutionalise and sustain the change.

Such leadership is not always present but a critical mass is beginning to develop. Are we yet at the tipping point, beyond which the reform becomes irreversible? Those I meet at KIA say yes. And their reason is that the people are now driving the change. They have been informed, their expectations have been raised, and they won’t let go. Elections won’t get in the way, they say. And neither will any change of government. If what I saw at KICC is anything to go by, we’ve already travelled a great distance on this journey to high performance. Everyone knows there’s still a long way to go – and that the better it gets the more ambitious we become. But it certainly deserves everyone’s support – not least the media… who of course have been far keener to follow the combative politicians around that to show up and cover the extraordinarily positive goings on at KICC.

Article reproduced with permission from Mike Eldon: Mike Eldon has a BSc Economics Honours degree from the University College London and is a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School. He has worked in the IT industry for 36 years, the last 26 of which have been in Kenya. He is deeply involved in national and organisational issues of IT, strategy and management. He is the founder and Director of the DEPOT teambuilding and leadership centre.


Kenya is a land of contrasts, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its range of altitudes. The hills and mountains of Kenya are a world apart from the lowland valleys and plains. High altitude Kenya offers something for everyone. There are refreshing hill walks through bird rich areas or more active hikes into montane forests. Above all there is mighty Mt Kenya, whose slopes are the perfect trekking destination. The mountain’s alpine peak is a challenging technical summit for the experienced mountaineer.

The Aberdare Mountain ranges soar to peaks of 13,000 feet and dip into deep, V shaped valleys with streams and rivers cascading over spectacular waterfalls, including Kenya's longest fall of approximately 1,000 feet! Located in the heart of the Kikuyu tribe highlands area, in Central Kenya, The Aberdare Mountains are one of the homes of Ngai, God. To the east of the ranges are Mount Kenya and the fertile farming lands of the Kikuyu tribe, which were settled by the colonists in the early decades of the Twentieth century. The area between the Aberdare and Mount Kenya are part of what became known as the European highlands. To the west, the range falls steeply away into the Rift Valley and offer superb views of Lake Naivasha and the distant Mau Escarpment. The Aberdare Country Club nestles on the slopes of Mweiga Hill with a superb view of the plains below and with Aberdare mountain ranges to the west and Mount Kenya to the east.

Mt Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak is regarded as the realm of Ngai, God of the local Kikuyu people. Traditionally, all Kikuyu homes were built to face this sacred peak. They call it Kirinyaga, or place of light. The mountain is an awe-inspiring sight. Its ragged series of peaks are crowned with snow, and its slopes are thick with forest. The mountain is best seen at dawn, when the day’s early light silhouettes its impressive summit high over the surrounding plains. While the 5199 metre summit is a difficult technical climb, the lesser peak of Point Lenana (4985m) can be easily reached by any fit trekker. This trek takes between 3 and 5 days, through a fascinating world of forests, wildlife, unique montane vegetation including podocarpus and grounsel, and finally one of the worlds rarest sights, equatorial snow. For those who don’t want to climb the Mountain the cool highlands that surround its base are well worth a visit. The forests are ideal for game viewing, and there are crystal clear mountain streams that abound with Trout...


Standing over the shores of Lake Naivasha, at 2886 metres this massive dormant volcano dominates the landscape for miles around. The brooding hulk of the Mountain is lined with spectacular fissures and laval canyons. As you climb these slopes, you pass through herds of grazing game as magnificent views of the Rift Valley and Naivasha unfold below. Its vast crater is an awesome sight, the jagged edge surrounding a broad expanse of vegetation. Geothermal steam trickles upwards from the walls, while buffalo and other game make their way across the crater floor. A climb up Mount Longonot is an ideal day trip from either Nairobi or Naivasha.

Rising from the jungles that border Uganda, Mt Elgon is an impressively craggy extinct Volcano. This remote region makes for interesting trekking through deep forest and across broad moorlands. There is plenty of wildlife and plenty to discover. The peaks are ideal for climbing, and shelter a series of warm geothermal springs. The mountain has many caves for the visitor to explore. In these caves, known collectively as Elkony, ancient cave paintings decorate the walls, and bats and rock hyrax are found among the winding passageways. The most famous cave of all is Kitum, where each night Elephant herds gather and begin a slow procession deep into the mountain. The elephants make their way through the caves, following well worn paths made by generations before them. Deep in the cave, they use their tusks to excavate the walls, seeking the natural salt which they lick from the scarred rock. Witnessing this incredible sight is just one of the many wonders of Elgon....

Rising high above the arid plains of Northern Kenya, the Loroghi Hills are perfect for a trek with a difference. These spectacular hills rise up through a series of escarpments to a peak of 2580 metres. The views from the edge of the Lesiolo escarpment are astonishing. The Rift Valley floor stretches out before you and merges with a distant horizon. Exploring the hills takes the trekker through deep forested valleys and across high open plains, rich with bird and animal life. But what makes treks through these hills so special is the resident Samburu tribes. Walking with a Samburu guide, you can pass through many small villages, meet the locals, walk the plains with cattle herders and lone warriors or be invited to spend a night in a Samburu home.


The Shimba Hills National Reserve is located just 48 kms from the coast, but at 500 metres they make a cool change from the tropical coastal climate. The reserve is made up of both open grassland and dense rainforest, all with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. The Reserve has a variety of species including Elephant, Giraffe and Buffalo as well as the rare Roan and Sable antelope. The forests are home to a number of unusual species including the Black and White Colobus monkeys, Serval cats, Red Duiker and Suni Antelope. An abundance of bird life is found among the hills, including Honey guides, Turacos, woodpeckers and Sunbirds. The Shimba Hills are a natural and peaceful haven, easily accessed from the beaches of the Kenyan coast....

This truly spectacular region is one of Kenya’s best kept secrets. The highlands and escarpment of the North Rift Valley provide some of the country's most awe-inspiring views, across the broad and beautiful Kerio Valley. The scenic vistas around the Elgeyo escarpment are truly stunning, especially from the 'World's End' viewpoint at Nyaru. Waterfalls splash down the face of these escarpments, and at Chebloch, on the valley floor water runs through a deep and narrow gorge with sheer rock walls. Chebloch’s water runs on the valley floor through a deep and narrow gorge with sheer rock walls. The highlands are an excellent place to explore, and there is plenty to discover among the many hills and ranges. From the high Tugen Hills, there are excellent views across arid rift valley floor to Lake Baringo. The lush green hills around Kericho are home to Kenya's tea industry, and the nearby Kisii Community is world renowned for their beautiful soapstone carving. This is a birding mecca, and whether you are a serious ornithologist or a hobby birder, you should not miss the Cheranganis. There are excellent bird guides available locally.

Framing the vast plains of Tsavo, and lying within view of majestic Mt Kilimanjaro, are the Taita and Chyulu Hills. The Chyulu hills are considered to be some of the youngest volcanic mountains in the world, born out of the earth only 500 years ago. The beautiful hills are bordered by an expanse of black lava flow known as Sheitani, the source of many local legends. This is a paradise of elephant herds, plains game, cheetah, remote Maasai villages and wonderful views of Mt Kilimanjaro. Close to Tsavo East, the Taita Hills house a private game sanctuary, with a wide variety of wild animals including Lions, cheetahs, elephant s and plains game. Prolific bird life includes the extremely rare Taita Falcon, a bird recorded in early Egyptian hieroglyphics. The Taita are in fact three groups of hills, the Dabida, Sagalla and Kasigau. This region is more remote than the more visited parks and reserves of southern Kenya, the perfect destination for anyone looking for an opportunity to get away from it all and relax in the wild.....

For more information visit – the official website of Kenya Tourist Board


The Kenya Scouts national contingent to the 21st World Jamboree paid a courtesy call to the Kenya High Commission in London on August 9th after participating at the event which had brought together scouts movements from 155 countries. Under the theme of ‘One world one promise’ the Kenyan contingent joined other scouts movements from all over the world to participate in various activities aimed at bridging cultural, political, economic and intellectual differences.

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Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK, Republic of Ireland and Confederation of Switzerland, H.E. Mr. Joseph Muchemi, invited East African Ambassadors and High Commissioners for a discussion on how all could advance the goals and objectives of the East African Community. He introduced the subject on the East African Community by giving its history since 1900. The first community institutions were established for Kenya and Uganda, then under British rule in 1900. In 1927, Tanganyika joined and in 1948, they together established the East African High Commission. From independence to 1966 they shared the same currency and owned assets together both in East Africa and Europe. However, due to different political ideologies, the community broke up in 1977 but was revived on 30th November 1999 and came into force on 7th July 2000. H.E. Mr Muchemi emphasized the need and importance of bringing together the East Africans in the UK,

to think together ways of supporting the leadership in the five states in their expression to fast track the economic integration and political federation. Mr. Abel Kenyoru a Principal Counsellor at the Kenya High Commission, informed the High Commissioners that as the head of Economic and Trade Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2002 and 2005 he had attended several community meetings. He participated in negotiations for the common foreign and security policy which purposes a common approach to all East African Foreign affairs matters such as flying EAC flags and issuing visas. H.E. the High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda, Joan K. N. Rwabyomere expressed her appreciation at the thought of working together with her colleagues in the UK to advance the cause of East African Community. She informed the meeting that their Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Uganda had just left London for Kampala that

evening but would be back for a meeting with them on 20th September 2007. She emphasised the need for developing use of Kiswahili as a national language for the five states and beyond. H.E. Mr Claver Gatete the Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the Court of St. James’s, The Republic of Ireland and the Nordic Countries, said that Rwanda’s decision to join EAC was one of the greatest achievements for the region. He suggested that their missions in London initiate the formation of EAC Diaspora Association starting with an EAC website. H.E. Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar of the High Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania to the UK and the Republic of Ireland proposed that the High Commissioners should lead the way by calling all the nationals of EAC member countries in the Diaspora for meetings to inform them of the activities of the community. This, she said, could be the beginning of bigger things to come.

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