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The Aga Khan Visits Kenya In Commemoration Of His Diamond Jubilee

The Aga Khan Visits Kenya In Commemoration Of His Diamond Jubilee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report By: HUSSEIN JIVA

At the invitation of the government of Kenya, His Highness The Aga Khan visited the country from 12th to 14th April.

The Aga Khan’s arrival in Nairobi was to commemorate his Diamond Jubilee, which marks the 60th anniversary since his ascension to the role of the spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. The worldwide celebrations commenced last year on 11th July.

The Aga Khan was welcomed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) by Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Monica Juma – who also saw him off during his departure – as well as a contingent of leaders from both, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Ismaili community.

While in the capital, The Aga Khan was invited to State House by His Excellency (HE) President Uhuru Kenyatta, where they held discussions on the existing relationship and long-standing partnership between the AKDN and the government.

“The Ismaili community has, and continues to be, a part of the Kenyan history with investments and development to Kenya spanning over 100 years.  Under the leadership of His Highness The Aga Khan, a number of institutions have been established that have made significant contribution to Kenyan development, and achievement of Kenya abroad… Discussion touched on various sectors of engagement and investment by the AKDN in Kenya including media, economic, tourism, cultural, health and education sectors,” announced Manoah Esipisu, Secretary Communication and State House Spokesperson.

The Network is engaged in every sphere of development in the country: from social, cultural to economic.  Through its several interventions in education, health, poverty alleviation, finance, insurance, tourism promotion, conservation and civil society strengthening, it has been improving the quality of life of Kenyans, some of whom live in the most-resource challenged areas of the country.

Every year, the AKDN impacts the lives of over seven-and-a-half million Kenyans directly and an additional four million indirectly.

In a communique issued by State House, the President commended the commitment of His Highness the Aga Khan to strengthening Kenya’s higher education system, including through major investment in the expansion of the Aga Khan University campus in Nairobi.

In his capacity as the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, The Aga Khan addressed a religious gathering comprising of members from Kenya’s jurisdiction.  These included members of the Ismaili community that travelled from Rwanda, Burundi, Namibia, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Malagasy.

In the days leading to the visit and while he was in Kenya, a series of cultural celebrations were held at Parklands Complex.

 

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