Moran (E.A.) Publishers Ltd is pleased to release a book titled Kenya’s Fifty Years of Diplomatic Engagement (From Kenyatta to Kenyatta) edited by Amb. Kipyego Cheluget. This debut title on Kenya’s journey in foreign relations since independence was launched yesterday Thursday 29th November 2018 at the University of Nairobi’s Taifa Hall at 6.00 p.m.
The Guest of Honour was His Excellency Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka , EGH, 10th Vice President of the Republic of Kenya, Party leader Wiper Democratic Party and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kenya.
Other key guests included Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohamed, EGH, CAV. CS. Ministry of Education and Moran Board of Directors chairman, His Excellency Hon. Moody Awori among other diplomats and educationists
Finally, we can pride ourselves in the benefits of the foreign relations we have established the world over. The milestones achieved in terms of international peace and economic standing can only be faithfully associated with the solid relationships we have created with the world.
Nothing explains the worldwide networks Kenya has established better than Kenya’s Fifty Years of Diplomatic Engagement. A glimpse into the reasons rational nations will give everything to be at peace with others, and why Kenya chose not to align itself to the West or East during the Cold War cannot be taken for granted. This publication gives you a moment to connect with the achievements and challenges experienced by our own diplomats like Bethwel Kiplagat and others as they traversed the world’s war-torn and dangerous terrains in search of peace for Kenya and other states cannot be underestimated.
As a highly experienced academic and diplomat, Amb. Kipyego Cheluget took it upon himself to compile and publish the experiences of Kenya’s diplomats since independence when Mzee Jomo Kenyatta took over the presidency of Kenya to 2015 when Kenya celebrated 50 years of its foreign relations.
Many people will view the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an unnecessary expense to the taxpayers. This can be assumed as true because Kenya has never reached the state of anarchy as the case is in the countries to the east and north. Kenya’s Fifty Years of Diplomatic Engagement will expose the reader to the painful truth that invasions experienced to our border on east can be attributed to the fact that we have no neighbor to talk to, and no space in which to install our mission and so ‘Talk and relate well with the world and have your peace’ is an unavoidable truth.
Kenya’s Fifty Years of Diplomatic Engagement is a mirror of Kenya’s former and current position in the world. Has it been a smooth sail since 1961 when the first Kenyan diplomatic mission was set? Does posting diplomats to other countries payback? Is there a need for studies in international or foreign relations? Is documenting the history of Kenya’s diplomatic relations any important? This publication says it all; exposing the challenges that the very first diplomats like Leonard Kibinge had to endure when they were required to represent Kenya in foreign offices with no clue of what was required of them!
Photo- UNES University Bookstore working on the Sales — at University of Nairobi, Main Campus,outside Taifa Hall.
Kenya’s Fifty Years of Diplomatic Engagement renders valuable information and practice to foreign affairs practitioners, students of foreign and international relations, researchers, academia and all people interested in the history of Kenya’s foreign relations and policies.