Kenya to Open Five Consulates in the US Ahead of Elections

  • The Government is looking to enhance services to the Kenyan Diaspora and facilitate their voting in the 2017 General Election, by opening five Consulates in various states across America.

    While the choice of Seattle for a consulate awaits formal approval, Honorary Consuls for Dallas, Boston, Minneapolis and Chicago will soon be appointed. This is according to a statement by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohamed to the Kenya Diaspora meeting in Los Angeles.

    The statement also contained an apology from President Uhuru Kenyatta for not having attended the meeting as earlier planned.

    Monetary provisions, invaluable contacts and skills are some of the things that make Kenyans in Diaspora an important asset to the economy.  Last year, Kenyans living abroad sent home 1.5 billion US Dollars into the country, with 50 percent of the funds coming from The Kenya US Diaspora.

    Ambassador to the United States Njeru Githae, who attended the meeting spoke about the newly created Diaspora desk who among other duties, will be lobbying for international jobs for Kenyans as well as the interests of the Kenyan Diaspora in the United States.

    Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohamed