Kenya’s new envoy to China presents papers to Chinese President Xi Jinping


Kenya's new envoy to China presents papers to Chinese President Xi Jinping
Former SRC Chairperson and newly appointed Kenyan envoy to China Sarah Serem. PHOTO | FILE

In Summary

  • President Xi Jinping  on Wednesday also received the credentials presented by new ambassadors of nine countries to China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
  • Ms. Serem, who was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta in June last year, was among those finally cleared to take up their envoy roles this year following months of uncertainty.
  • The former Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) Chairperson's posting was initially marred with controversy amid speculation rife that she, among other envoys, had been rejected by their host countries.

Newly appointed Kenyan envoy to China, Ambassador Sarah Serem has officially presented her letters of credence to President Xi Jinping, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

President Xi Jinping on Wednesday also received the credentials presented by new ambassadors of nine countries to China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Ms. Serem, who was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta in June last year, was among those finally cleared to take up their envoy roles this year following months of uncertainty.

The former Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) chairperson’s posting was initially marred with controversy amid speculation rife that she, among other envoys, had been rejected by their host countries.

The Kenyan government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs however – in a statement – stated that the country “has never had any envoy rejected” adding that “all the countries are ready to receive them.”

Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario together with his then Permanent Secretary Richard Ekai, who are facing charges linked to the misuse of funds during the Rio Olympics, are however yet to be formally confirmed as envoys in their designated countries.

Among those who have already reported to their new posts include, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi (European Union), Prof. Judi Wakhungu (Paris), Willy Bett (India), Dr. Wilfred Machage (Nigeria), Cleopas Mailu (UN Station in Switzerland.)

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