[1st August 2018]

HANDING OVER CEREMONY OF TEA DONATION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN BY THE AMBASSADOR OF KENYA, H.E S.K. MAINA, MBS. 1ST AUGUST, 2018

H.E. Mr. S.K.Maina,M.B.S.,Ambassador and Ms. Khadija Issa, First Secretary of Kenya Embassy Tokyo presenting Kenyan Tea to Hon. Ichiro Aisawa, Chairman of Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship Association, Member of House of Representatives and Mr. Nobuhisa Iida, Secretary General Japan Platform.

Today 1st August, 2018, H.E. Amb. S. K. Maina officially handed over the tea donation from the Government of Kenya to the Government and people of Japan in a ceremony graced by Hon. Ichiro Aisawa, Member of the House of Representatives & Chairman of Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship Association. He is from Okayama Prefecture which was heavily affected.

In attendance were representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Okayama Prefecture Government, the Japan Platform – an NGO that will facilitate distribution of the tea to people in the affected areas, Water Aid – also an NGO and members of the Press.

H.E the Ambassador conveyed on behalf of the Government and the people of Kenya heartfelt condolences to the families of those departed and wish those who were injured a quick recovery. He expressed hope that this small but kind gesture will offer comfort to those affected and motivate the hardworking rescue workers who are providing much needed assistance.

In their statements, both Hon. Aisawa and Mr. Nobuhisha Iida, Secretary-General of Japan Platform expressed gratitude to the Government of Kenya for the kind donation, stating that it will bring great relief and encouragement to the communities affected. Mr. Junichi Hosono, Principal Deputy Director at the Second Africa Division, MFA Japan reiterated that the donation is a symbol of friendship and solidarity by the Government and the people of Kenya and confirmed that it will go a long way to alleviate the stress and suffering of the affected. He acknowledged with appreciation on behalf of the Government of Japan receipt of the messages of condolences from H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Monica Juma, DPhil, CBS.

1st August, 2018
Embassy of the Republic of Kenya
TOKYO

Discussions during the Handing Over Ceremony

H.E. Mr. S.K. Maina, M.B.S. presenting Kenyan Tea to Hon. Ichiro Aisawa

H.E. Mr. S.K. Maina, M.B.S. presenting Kenyan Tea to Mr. Nobuhisa Iida

Group Photo after the Ceremony: from left, Ms. Kaoru Takahashi, Executive Director, Water Aid Japan, Mr. Junichi Hosono, Principal Deputy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan, Ms. Khadija Issa,and H.E. the Ambassador, Hon. Ichiro Aisawa, Mr. Nobuhiro Iida, Mr. Toshiaki Makio, Director General, Tokyo Office of Okayama Prefecture and Ms. Yuko Shibata, General Manager, Japan Platform

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