Ambassador Dr. Robinson Githae tour of duty as Kenya’s Ambassador to the US comes to an end next week to Proceed to his New station Vienna Austria in the same Capacity. During his five year stay as Kenya’s Ambassador to the US, he was much involved in negotiation for the direct flight from Kenya to
Ambassador Dr. Robinson Githae tour of duty as Kenya’s Ambassador to the US comes to an end next week to Proceed to his New station Vienna Austria in the same Capacity.
During his five year stay as Kenya’s Ambassador to the US, he was much involved in negotiation for the direct flight from Kenya to NY and the same was accomplished when the first Kenya Airways dreamliner Boeing 787-8 plane successfully and historically landed at New York City on Oct 29, 2018.
Mr Githae played a key role in facilitating the visit to Kenya by the first sitting American President, Barrack Obama.
On May 2018 Melania Trump visited Kenya and Mr Githae played the major role during the preparation of the same.
On August 2018 he was actively involved in the preparations for President Uhuru and President Trump historic meeting at the White house where the two leaders discussed a number of bilateral issues, including their shared desire to increase trade, between Kenya and USA.
On tourism it was during Mr. Githae’s 5 year tour of duty that Kenya became number one with a record 100,000 tourist visiting Kenya within one year overtaking UK that had 90,000 visitors same year.
On trade Kenya became number 3 in the export market of goods with Tanzania being position 2 while Uganda still on the lead.
The Ambassador was in the committee for African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which is a United States Trade Act, enacted on 18 May 2000 as Public Law 106 of the 200th Congress. It was renewed for another 10 years up to 2025.
He was the Chairman of Africa Diplomatic Corps which is a body consisting of the 53 ambassadors to the United States that represent African countries.
He was a Co-Chair of African day celebration that meet in DC every year.
He was honored for the first time to hold the position of Treasurer of African Ambassadors group.They also have appointed Mr. Githae as the chair of the organizing committee in remembrance of 400 years since trans-Atlantic slave trade started. The meeting will be held in September in Charlotte NC.
It was during Ambassador Robinson Githae period that Good relationship were maintained to make Kenya and US to have strategic partnership in trade. The partnership was extended even further by allowing student studying in the US to have a five year visa that would enable them to complete their studies without much worry of getting out of status.
The United States– Kenya Strategic Partnership will include an annual dialogue to advance mutual prosperity. President Trump has already commended the Kenya Defence Forces for their service and sacrifice in combating Al-Shabaab and ISIS in Somalia.
Other than all the above Nation to Nation relationship and Unity among Africans diplomats, the Ambassador was also keen at keeping the Kenyan generation in America intact and he would move to different Cities issuing ID and passports.
His initiatives were however frustrated when a group of “neer do well” associated the exercise with corruption,… something they could not prove but all the same, it was sadly discontinued.
They say that you cannot make everyone happy and as such, Mr Githae was a friend to many and an enemy to a few. The many he would attend to their functions that had the interest of enhancing Unity and advancement among Kenyans and the few who wanted him to attend their tribal groupings, tribal churches and even wedding ceremonies.
(Not to mention a few still that wanted State functions to be held at the Ambassadors residence as it was the case before with previous Ambassadors) Though irrelevant as it will not make much difference)
There were as usual complaints of telephones not picked by Embassy staff but those complaints were however not genuine always due to the fact that Embassy being a busy office, making a call may not be all that easy like calling a friend. It’s a common fact that all Government institution not only Kenya Embassy but also in American huge institutions, telephones are usually not all that effective.
We believe that America will always remain memorable to the Ambassador for it was here that he received many honors and one of such was to acquire a title of Doctor which in itself is a great achievement in life. A deserving title for his tireless effort in keeping the Kenyan map on the global market both in trade and policy issues.
Meanwhile the Huduma number registration is gaining momentum due to the availability of e-passports and after speaking with the Ambassador today, he confirmed that the lines are getting longer and longer every day as they are serving close to 150 Kenyans per day.
All the same, given the short period left for the Huduma number, not many Kenyans will make it to DC by the deadline.
On behalf of Kenyan Parents in USA, we really appreciated all the Ambassador did ESPECIALLY to the Georgia Kenyan community during his many visits (5 IN TOTAL),… and if time allows while visiting Kenya, I believe that many will make a point of stopping over in Vienna to say “hello”.
Who will forget the wonderful time the Ambassador spent in Georgia during the famous KACC Cultural festival that brings EVERY YEAR all Kenyans together, called ATLANTA MAJUU? ,,,The dancing and the ineffable memorable speech he delivered that day, will linger in many peoples mind forever.
We can only with regrets wish the outgoing Ambassador Dr. Robinson Njeru Githae an enjoyable stay while serving Kenyans in the country that is famous for it’s beautiful Castles.
We also hereby welcome the incoming Ambassador Mr. Amayo and wish him a good working relationship while serving Kenyans.
At this time we can only wish Ambassador Robinson Githae ….all the best in future, while reciting Kurt Vonegut and repeating the emptiest and yet the fullest of all human messages ever said…GOOD-BYE.
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KENYAN PARENTS IN USA(KPIUSA)
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