- Published on Friday, 13 December 2013 09:41
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Kenya celebrated its 50th anniversary of Independence on a very grand scale. Leaders of several countries including President Mahinda Rajapaksa participated in the State celebrations yesterday.
Kenya gained independence from the British Dec. 12, 1963 after a long struggle against the British Imperialist rule in the country. The late Mr. Jomo Kenyata, the current Kenyan President's Father, was the key leader who carried out the independence struggle and the British rulers imprisoned him for 10 years for his struggle for freedom. Mr. Jomo Kenyata became the first President of the independent Kenya.
President Rajapaksa and the First Lady joined a number of other world leaders for the celebrations. They included the President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Malawi Joyce Banda, President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete, President of Congo Joseph Kabila and the President of Eritrea Isaias Afewerki.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to h hold bilateral talks with his Kenyan counterpart at the State House on Saturday. Sri Lanka and Kenya are expected to sign a number of agreements covering the sectors such as trade, tourism and cultural cooperation..
President Rajapaksa is also scheduled to visit the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), the U.N headquarters in Africa. It is the second largest United Nations complex outside of New York.
During this meeting, the President will hold discussions with the UNON Director General Mrs. Sahle-Work Zewde and the heads of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and UN-Habitat based in Kenya.
President Rajapaksa will also attend the Sri Lanka Business Forum, meet with the Kenyan business leaders and attend the 10th anniversary celebration of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance. (niz)