Saturday, January 09, 2010


President Mwai Kibaki has urged the World Food Programme (WFP) to reconsider its decision to suspend food relief distribution to Somalia. The President noted that continued denial of relief food to Somalia was exerting more pressure on Kenya which is already hosting thousands of refugees.

The Head of State made the remarks when he met and held discussions with the Country Director of the World Food Programme Burkard Oberle and WFP goodwill Ambassador Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussien of Dubai who paid him a courtesy call. HRH Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussien is the first lady of Dubai and UN WFP goodwill ambassador for hunger, poverty and Peace.

Princess Haya and the Country Director in response said WFP would consider Proposals made by President Kibaki in relation to Somalia and devastating floods which have claimed lives in the country. The talks were attended by the Assistant Minister for Special Programmes Mohamud Ali, Head of Public Service Amb. Francis Muthaura, and Special Programmes PS Ali Daud among other government and WFP officials.