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Kenyan vice president in southern Sudan to deliver special message
22:23, February 18, 2011
Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka left Nairobi on Friday for southern Sudan to convey a special message to Vice President of Sudan Salva Kiir.
Addressing a news conference before his departure, Musyoka commended the people of southern Sudan for successfully holding a peaceful referendum.
Kenya played a great role in the Comprehensive Peaceful Agreement (CPA) that was signed on Jan. 9, 2005, Musyoka said stressing bilateral relations.
He also congratulated Sudanese President Omar El Bashir for acting as real African statesman for accepting the referendum results. "The Cabinet has agreed to support the government of Southern Sudan with an additional 5 million U. S. dollars to support its capacity building," Musyoka told journalists in Nairobi.
He added that the government will send 80 top civil servants to southern Sudan to assist with technical expertise in the new government. He said currently more than 7,000 Kenyans working in the country.
The East African nation made the pledge for the donation in 2005 when donors from across the world met in Oslo, Norway to commit money for reconstruction of the region that had just emerged from a 20-year civil war.
Kenya is also training southern Sudan civil servants in various Kenyan colleges and given attachment opportunities for on-the-job training in institutions with links to the government.
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