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Kenya Embassy hosted a dinner to commemorate the 53rd Anniversary of the Republic of Kenya’s Independence on 10th December 2016 at the Hotel Panoramique in Bujumbura.  Among the guests were Amb. Alain Aimé Nyamitwe, Minister for External Relations & International Cooperation of Burundi (Chief Guest), officials from Burundi Government and several Ambassadors accredited to Burundi and Kenyans living in Burundi.

 

KENYA TRADE, INVESTMENT & CULTURAL EXPO IN PICTURES ( 2ND - 11TH SEPTEMBER 2016) IN BUJUMBURA

   


         
     
   

 


 

 


BURUNDI 1ST VP H.E GASTON SINDIMWO, AMB. KEN VITISA AND DAWN LIBERI, THE USA AMBASSADOR TO BURUNDI DURING MADARAKA DAY CELEBRATIONS ON SATURDAY 4TH JUNE 2016 AT SUN SAFARI HOTEL

 

MADARAKA DAY CELEBRATIONS WITH KENYANS ON SATURDAY 4TH JUNE 2016 AT S. SAFARI HOTEL


 MANY CAME TO RUN FOR PEACE OF BURUNDI…5KM RUNNERS/WALKERS

FLAGGING OFF OF THE KENYA-BURUNDI FRIENDSHIP PEACE RUN 0N 4TH - 06 -2016 AT JARDIN PUBLIC BY AMB. KEN VITISIA AND THE 1ST VP OF THE REPUBLIC OF BURUNDI, H.E GASTON SINDIMWO


 On 26th April 2016, the 1st Vice – President of the Republic of Burundi H.E Gaston Sindimwo came to the Embassy for registration for the Kenya/Burundi friendship Peace Run to be held on 4th June 2016 at Jardin Public


 KENYA/ BURUNDI FRIENSDSHIP 10 KM RUN AND 5KM WALK

On the 23rd April 2016 at the Jardin Public Grounds, Bujumbura, the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Burundi in conjunction with representatives of various Kenyan Corporate entities including KCB and Kobil officially launched the registration for the 10KM run and 5Km walk.

The Mayor of Bujumbura municipality, Freddy Mbonimpa was the Chief Guest.  Others who witnessed the launch were representatives of the Missions/Embassies of East African member states in Burundi; Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda; government officials from the office of the 1st Vice President, National Assembly, Burundi Tourism office, Ministry of Sports, women traders from Rohero Commune . The event attracted about 500 people who after the launch walked the five kilometres with the Mayor and the sponsors (KCB, ECONET-LEO, and KOBIL).

The run/walk is intended to enhance the cordial relationship that exists between the people of Kenya and Burundi and to promote peace in Burundi. The donations/funds that will be raised will be donated to SOS Children homes “Umutima Foundation” and to settle and support street children in Burundi.

The main event to be held on 4th June 2016 is expected to attract at least 10,000 participants. There will be prices ranging from 2 million to 250,000 Burundi Francs to be won for both 10 km and 5km runs.

The Embassy is calling on as many of those who love peace for Burundi to register and donate generously towards this noble event.


The Speaker of the National Assembly, Pascal Nyabenda had a meeting on Wednesday, 16th March 2016, with the Ambassador of Kenya to Burundi, Amb.Kenneth Vitisia. They discussed the creation of a parliamentary friendly group between the Burundia and Kenya Parliament.

Addressing the press, after the courtesy call, Pascal Nyabenda reported that he appreciated the Kenyan ambassador for the way he responded to the Burundian crisis, particularly during the attempted coup that occurred on 13th May 2015. According to Hon. Nyabenda, the Kenyan Ambassador was the first to suggest that "Kenya Airways" should resume its operations in Bujumbura International Airport, after the temporary suspension of flights. He also went to the airport to witness the resumption of Kenya Airways flights.

Ambassador Vitisia gave an example of the experience of what his country went through when foreign countries stopped their financial support. Currently, the country finances her state budget for more than 90% through local revenue. Amb. Vitoria promised to share similar experiences with Burundi. Finally, the two personalities exchanged modalities on the establishment of a Parliamentary Friendly Group between the Burundi and Kenya parliamentarians. Members of Parliament from Kenya are planning to visit Burundi in June 2016. A sporting activity will be organized by the Kenyan Parliament.


 

10TH EAST AFRICAN JUDO CHAMPIONSHIP IN BUJUMBURA

The Kenya National team for Judo Association was invited for the East African Judo championship tournament in Burundi. The tournament was held from 24th to 28th February, 2016.Kenya performed quite well and won 5 five gold medals and 8 bronze medals. The team was hosted for lunch by the Ambassador at the Chancery on Sunday 28th February 2016.


VISIT TO BURUNDI BY KENYA’S SENATE SPEAKER, HON. EKWEE ETHURO 20th – 25th FEBRUARY 2016

The Speaker of Kenya’s Senate and leader of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) Hon. Ekwee Ethuro, and Senator Peter Mositet visited Burundi   for a fact finding Mission Organized by IPU in conjunction with the ICCGLR Parliamentary Forum.

The team comprised representatives from Cameroon, Uganda, DRC, and Kenya. The team held meetings with President Nguruziza, Burundi National Assembly/Senate, government officials, opposition party members, AU liaison office representatives, ICGLR diplomatic, representative of the UN security members and the civil Society. Upon completion of their mission, the team is expected to come up with a report containing proposed solutions to resolve the ongoing crisis.

The team paid a courtesy call at the Embassy and was hosted for lunch at the ambassador’s residence.


Amb. Ken. Vitisia presenting his credentials to H.E Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi on 9th December 2015

Amb. Ken. Vitisia presenting his credentials to H.E Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi on 9th December 20155

 

 

MASHUJAA DAY CELEBRATIONS

Kenyans living in Burundi celebrated Mashujaa Day on 17th October 2015 at Kenya Embassy premises. Amb. Ken Vitisia, Charge d’Affairs and members of staff of the Kenya Embassy attended the celebrations.

During the celebration, the Association of Kenyans Living in Burundi (AKB) held their Annual General Meeting and elections of office bearers.  AKB exercises and embraces democratic practices by holding elections for its leaders after every one year as per the Association’s Constitution. During the elections, the following officials were elected:

 

 1.  Chairperson                                             Bernard K Teigutwo

 2.  Vice Chairperson                                      Irene wachira

 3. Secretary                                                  Collins Kinanja

 4. Treasurer                                                   Samora Kariuki

 5. Organizing Secretary                                  John Mulungye

 6. Committee Member                                   Joseph Mwele

In addition, AKB awarded Certificates of Appreciation to Kenyans for their untiring efforts and contributions as well as to KBBA as Executive Committee members.


 

Expo 2015

 


KENYA DIASPORA SOCIAL DAY

On Saturday, 23rd May 2015, Amb. Ken Vitisia, Charge d’Affaires hosted approximately 100 Kenyans and their families to a Kenya Diaspora Social Day function.  The purpose of the get-together was to bring Kenyans resident in Burundi together and to calm their apprehensions particularly after having witnessed recent violent incidences associated with the demonstrations and the coup attempt.  The Charge d’Affaires used the occasion to inform Kenyans of the Kenya Government’s concern for their safety and assured them of protection and possible evacuation should the situation deteriorate further.  Although the situation is now calm, he however urged those who felt insecure to make arrangements to leave Burundi at least on a temporary basis.  Many felt the situation did not warrant their evacuation and took issue with those who had started the initiative ‘Okoa Wakenya Burundi’, an initiative that spread fear and concern in Kenya about their safety.

So far, no Kenyan has been a victim of the crisis and those who wished to leave Burundi were facilitated by the Embassy to do so.  The Embassy issued over 15 Emergency Certificates to some of them.

 

 

 


Kenya Airways resumed flights to Bujumbura on Wednesday, 13th May 2015 after suspension caused by the attempted coup in Burundi.  At the airport to receive the flight was Amb. Ken Vitisia, Charge d’Affaires accompanied by Ms. Irene Kemboi, Second Counsellor at the Embassy as well as Kenya Airways officials in Burundi; Director General of the Bujumbura International Airport and the Director of Civil Aviation

 

 

 

OPENING OF THE NEW CHANCERY OF THE EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA IN BUJUMBURA ON 1ST MAY 2015


The Principal Secretary, Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho presided over a function organized by the Kenya Embassy in Bujumbura to open the new Chancery which the Mission shifted in February, 2014. The guests invited to the event included the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of External Relations and International Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi, the President of the Electoral Commission (CENI) of Burundi, Diplomatic corps and Kenyan nationals residing in Burundi, amongst others.

During the occasion, the Principal Secretary presented to CENI President a donation of 150 laptops from IEBC as technical support towards the forthcoming national elections in Burundi scheduled for May and June, 2015.

The Principal Secretary also presented, a cheque worth US$ 6,000 to the Director General, Ministry of External Relations and International Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi, a contribution from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade for the Burundian Foreign Ministry to publish its English version of “Burundi Diplomacy 1962-2012” publication.

PICTURES

 The Principal Secretary cuts the tape to open the new Chancery

 

 

 Amb. Vitisia welcoming the guests 

 

The Principal Secretary Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho addressing the guests
during the opening ceremony of the new Chancery on 1st May 2015

 

 The Principal Secretary presenting a cheque to the Director,
Ministry of External Relations and International Coordination of Burundi from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Internal Trade

 

The Principal Secretary presenting IEBC donation of 150 laptops to President of the Electoral Commission of Burundi (CENI)

 The Principal Secretary presenting IEBC donation of 150 laptops to President of the Electoral Commission of Burundi Amb. Pierre- Claver Ndayicariye (CENI) 


 

COURTESY VISIT OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF KENYA PORTS AUTHORITY TO THE EMBASSY OF KENYA IN BURUNDI ON 20TH MARCH 2015

 

The Managing Director of Kenya Ports Authority led a high level delegation comprising of key players from the private sector and government of Kenya to a regional visit to its transit customers.  The delegation paid a courtesy call on the Charge d’Affaires to the Kenyan Embassy in Bujumbura where discussions centered on bilateral trade relations and operational matters at the Port of Mombasa. The visits also aimed at apprising the transit customers of the key achievements at Mombasa Port and measures that have been put in place to improve service delivery.

 

The visit culminated in a Stakeholders’ Forum at le Panoramique Hotel.

 

 

 

 


UPDATES ON THE KENYA DIASPORA EASTER INVESTMENT CONFERENCE, 2015

Further to our post concerning the Kenya Diaspora Easter Investment Conference, please note that the Ministry of Foreign Affair & International Trade has made arrangements for discounted accommodation rates at the Windsor Golf Hotel Country Club. In this regard, participants who wish to stay at this facility are requested to forward their names to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for booking. For delegates who may have alternative accommodation, the Ministry shall provide daily shuttle buses from the Ministry headquarters, along Harambee Avenue at7.30 a.m.and 8.00 a.m. to the venue, and bring them back in the evening.

Further, the Ministry has partnered with Kenya Airways to issue discounted tickets at the rate of 10% for participants flying in the Conference. Those travelling should therefore, visit the nearest Kenya Airways office with the attached letter for discounted tickets.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Kenya in conjunction with the Private Sector and other stakeholders will host the 2015 edition of the Kenya Diaspora Conference on 31st March to 2nd April, 2015 at the Windsor Hotel and Country Club.The theme of the conference 'Development and Innovation: Opportunities for the Diaspora' aims to provide a platform to discuss issues affecting Kenyans living abroad with view of their integration into national development.


To all Kenyans living in Burundi.

H.E Uhuru Kenyatta launched officially the Kenya's Foreign and Diaspora Policies on 20th January 2015.

Download the Kenya Foreign Policy here - http://bit.ly/1xt9guT
Download the Diaspora Policy here - http://bit.ly/1BypHMQ


Farewell and departure of Ms Njambi Kinyungu, Minister and Chargé d'Affairs a.i at the Kenya Embassy Bujumbura.
July 2013 - December 2014 ( click here to view the pictures)


Celebration of the 51st Jamhuri day in Bujumbura on 12th December 2014 at Kenya House ( read more)


CENTRALIZATION OF PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS FOR KENYAN CITIZENSHIP

The Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Bujumbura wishes to inform Kenyans resident in Burundi of the centralization of processing of applications for Kenyan citizenship. The process of citizenship involves issuance of subsequent documents including certificates and endorsements in addition to filling of records in specific registers prescribed in law.

This Notice is therefore to give directives that in order to standardize the processes involved in citizenship; the following applications MUST only be processed and issued in Nairobi:

  1. Applications for regaining of Kenya Citizenship;
  2. Application for endorsement of non-Kenyan Passport;
  3. Application for declaration of Kenya Citizenship;
  4. Application for registration of Kenya Citizenship;
  5. Application for renunciation of Kenya citizenship;
  6. Application for revocation of Kenya Citizenship ;
  7. Application for presumption of Kenya Citizenship by birth.

The forgoing notwithstanding, applications may be received from applicants and forwarded to the Department of Immigration in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government for processing.


DIASPORA HOMECOMING CONFERENCE: 18TH-19TH DECEMBER 2014, NAIROBI

This is to inform that as part of delivering on its strategic plan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade will be hosting the above Diaspora Homecoming Conference at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) on 18-19 December, 2014 where businessmen will be able to seize the opportunity to exhibit investment opportunities in the country. This will also be an occasion for Government Departments to explain the improvement of service delivery to the Diaspora.

These segments of Diaspora engagement that will take place in the next twelve (12) months are better captured in an online Huduma centre, dubbed Diaspora Web Portal which is under construction. This initiative which is in conjunction with the UNDP will also ensure that we will be able to adopt the best international practices.


THE FIRST EDITION OF THE BUJUMBURA HALF MARATHON FOR FRATERNITY ON 31ST AUGUST, 2014 follow the link for details BUJUMBURA HALF MARATHON


Click the following link for details about the Training of 30 Burundian diplomats by Foreign Service institute of the republic of Kenya at Jean Paul Grand Seminaire of Gitega from 13th to 17th July 2014


 

This is to inform that as part of mobilizing support from Kenya for the 1st Edition of Bujumbura Marathon 2014, the commmittee ( BUMOC) has established an M-Pesa account on telephone No: in the name of Douglas Ontieri.

 


Follow the link for more information about Bujumbura Marathon 2014 event which will take place on 31st August 2014 at 7.00 am at Jardin Public garden of Bujumbura.


KENYANS IN BURUNDI CELEBRATE MADARAKA DAY 2014

 

 
Kenyans in Burundi converged for a luncheon at the Kenya House in commemoration of the Jubilee of Kenya’s internal self rule on Sunday, 1st June, 2014. The event was organized by the Embassy and the Association Kenyans Living in Burundi (AKB) and graciously sponsored by CFC Life Assurance alongside Kobil Burundi and Safintra Burundi.

In her Madaraka Day Speech, the Chargé d’ Affaires, a.i. of the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Bujumbura, Ms. Njambi Kinyungu  congratulated the Kenyans present on 51st Anniversary of the attainment of internal self rule. She noted that a lot had been achieved in the period that should be celebrated.

She noted that Kenya was in the process of implementing the devolved system of government and support was required to overcome the challenges that present in the process of such an enormous undertaking.  She pointed out that security was a particular concern given the recent spate of attacks back home and called upon Kenyans in Burundi to share in the effort to secure our nationhood in order to ensure a good legacy for posterity. She lauded the indomitable Kenyan spirit of entrepreneurship and impressed upon them to continue to fly the Kenyan flag high in Burundi.

Also featuring during the occasion were presentations by Francis Mwangi the Acting Chairperson of the Kenya Burundi Business Association (KBBA) whose main agenda is to advance the interests of Kenyans living in Burundi and Michael Waweru the representative of Fountain Enterprise Programme in Burundi an investment programme based on the pooling of resources and whose portfolio included retail, real estate, hospitality, hospital service and education.

The event also doubled up for elections of the incoming governing body of the AKB. The line-up is as follows: Chairperson- Bernard Teigutwo; Vice-Chair- Joyce Kandemi; Secretary- Renson Muguzu; Treasurer- Samuel Munga; Organizing Secretary- John Mulunjye; and Committee Member- Kitale Makosa. The outgoing team was led by Ms. Gloria Nyambok, the Managing Director of KCB Burundi for a one year term.

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