Kenya: Interior CS Fred Matiang’i flies to Zambia to endorse Dr. Monica Juma for commonwealth candidature 

CS Matiang’i arrives in Zambia to deliver President’s Kenyatta plea to Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema. [Image: @fredmatiang’i/Twitter]
Kenya’s interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has delivered the first pitch for the Commonwealth candidate of Dr. Monica Juma in Zambia.

This was during his trip to Lusaka on Thursday when he met with the newly elected Zambian president Hakainde Hichilema.

In a statement given by the Interior Ministry, “Dr. Matiang’i who flew to Lusaka on Thursday morning conveyed President Kenyatta’s importuning to Mr. Hichilema to support Kenya’s candidate for the post of the Secretary-General for the commonwealth of Nations,”

The meeting tip-off the launch of Kenya’s shuttle diplomacy among the 54 member states of the bloc who must all endorse the Defense Cabinet Secretary if at all she is to get the secretary-general seat.

Dr. Juma was nominated by president Kenyatta on Monday 30TH August as a contender for the chief executive post of the group of 54 countries, mainly comprising of the United Kingdom and its former colonies.

Besides the UK, notable members of the commonwealth are Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria, India, Malaysia, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania among others.

The countries vote under a special meeting known as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

A consensus is conducted in order to select a secretary-general or extend the term in office for the incumbent, this means that all members have to agree.

If successful, Dr. Juma, will become the 7th secretary-general. She will compete against British diplomat Patricia Scotland whose first term was set to lapse last year but extend twice because of Covid-19.