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 Be good brand ambassadors for our country President Kenyatta tells new seafarers
Be good brand ambassadors for our country, President Kenyatta tells new seafarers

1 President Uhuru Kenyatta challenged 350 newly recruited seafarers to be good brand ambassadors for the Kenyan nation, saying their conduct will determine the demand for Kenyan maritime professionals by international shipping lines.

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2 “To the new recruits we are commissioning today, let me remind you that you set sail as our ambassadors.

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3 How many more Kenyans are recruited in the future will largely depend on the image of Kenya that is projected abroad,” the president said.

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4 The Head of State spoke Wednesday at the Kenya Maritime Academy in Mombasa County during the flagging ceremony for 350 young Kenyan seafarers recently recruited by Atlanta-based Celebrity Cruises.

5 The President wistfully recalled the good old days when Kenya used to be the main regional source market for seafarers, serving major shipping lines around the world.

6 “I remember the many Kenyans who used to come here with good money after serving abroad.

7 We wish you the best as you embark on your new career.

8 “We remember that in the early 1970s we used to have over 10,000 seafarers as a country, and these were men and women who really brought life to not only Mombasa but many other cities in our country.

9 industry this has dwindled to almost nothing,” said President Kenyatta as he thanked Celebrity Cruises and other lines for continuing to offer employment opportunities to young Kenyan seafarers on their ships.

10 “I want to start, in particular, by thanking Mediterranean Shipping Company MSC Because they came in as our first partners and, as General (Rtd) Mwathethe said, they took some of our young men and women, who I had the pleasure of launching, who have proven to be very successful,” President Kenyatta said.

11 He thanked the Kenyan Blue Economy Bureau led by General (Rtd) Samson Mwathethe and the Deputy Chief of Staff of the House of Representatives responsible for Policy and Strategy, Ms Ruth Kagia, for leading the restoration of the maritime profession.

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13 I want to acknowledge the work done by both the ministry in charge of the sea and a special vote of thanks to retired General Samson Mwathethe and Mrs Ruth Kagia who for the last five years have really been struggling to see how we can restore some of that lost glory.” said the President.

14 Earlier, President Kenyatta, who was on a one-day working tour of Mombasa County, commissioned a number of infrastructure projects, including the new Ksh 4.5 billion Makupa Bridge, the Kipevu offshore oil terminal and the Liwatoni fishing complex.

15 Speaking with wananchi at the Makupa Bridge, President Kenyatta said that the construction of the Makupa Bridge in a record time of 17 months was a testament to his successful 10-year rule and dismissed skeptics of him as peddlers of falsehoods.

16 “Some leaders have been moving around the country saying that after the handshake we did not achieve anything.

17 But this project is proof that we have done a lot.

18 We have been able to do this because of the peace and stability we have experienced in recent years, especially because of the handshake,” the president said.

19 He said the completion of the Makupa Bridge and the opening of the 1929 causeway had restored the enviable Mombasa’s status as a true island Mombasa leaders led by Governor Ali Hassan Joho thanked the president for the projects successfully implemented by President Kenyatta’s administration and assured the county’s full backing for Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga , in Tuesday’s election James Macharia (Infrastructure) and Monica Juma (Energy) accompanied the President on a one-day business tour.

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