The High Commissioner, H E John Lanyasunya attended Jamhuri celebration that took place at Ramada Hotel, Edmonton. The celebration was hosted by the Association of Kenyans in Alberta (AKA).
Prior to the main party, the High Commissioner met all the community leaders representing the various Kenyan ethnic based associations in Atlanta. He advised them to work towards uniting all the Kenyans under one umbrella body and that they should avoid narrow ethnic and selfish interests that bring disharmony between them. He urged them to set a good example since most of them are well educated and have lived in an environment where people of different races and creed live harmoniously.
On arrival at the party, the High Commissioner was received by the President of the association, Ms Julia Maru who introduced him to other officials and various community leaders present. In her speech, the president thanked the High Commissioner for accepting their invitation to grace the occasion. She said they felt honoured as a community to host him during that occasion where the community celebrates Kenya’s national day. She informed him that the association is still young and that all the officials are new as they were elected recently. She promised to bring all Kenyans in Alberta together for the good of our beloved country.
On his part the High Commissioner thanked the association for inviting him and for coming together to celebrate Kenya’s National day. He congratulated the newly elected officials and urged them to work hard to bring all the Kenyans together. He asked Kenyans to be patriotic and to promote Kenya by being good ambassadors wherever they are. He reiterated the government’s commitment to support Diaspora initiatives as it is an important pillar in Kenya’s Foreign Policy. He pointed out that their contribution towards national development through remittances and investments cannot be overemphasized. He urged them to register with the High Commission so that the mission can serve them better. In his concluding remarks, he assured the association of his support and promised to send an officer to handle their immigration and consular issues on regular basis if they can demonstrate that they have a large population to warrant such a need.
The function was well planned with participants being treated to Kenyan cuisine and entertainment. It went a long way in promoting Kenyan culture. A 12 year old Kenyan girl, Eden Rutto stole the show with her skillful play on a violin of classical pieces by a German composer known as Johann Sebastian Bach. The guests enjoyed her show and admired her amazing and promising talent.