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    Mayors from Somalia met with Sakaja to benchmark Nairobi leadership.

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    On May 17, 2023, Nairobi County Governor Johnson Sakaja (third from left) leads a delegation of Somali lawmakers and mayors in a stroll in Nairobi. Nairobi County Deputy Governor Njoroge Muchiri (in red tie) is with him. JOHNSON SAKAJA PHOTO

    Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja received a team of Somali mayors on a visit to evaluate growth and leadership in Kenya’s capital on Wednesday, May 17.

    The team was welcomed by the first-time governor and a former Senator, who stated that they wanted to learn from Nairobi in order to develop their nation.
    “It was a pleasure to host Kismayo Mayor Omar Abdullahi, Baidoa Mayor Abdullahi Watiin, Beledweyne Mayor Nadar Tabah, Dhusamareeb Mayor Abdirahman Mohammed and Mogadishu Deputy Mayor earlier today.”

    On May 17, 2023, Nairobi County Governor Johnson Sakaja (right) welcomes a group of Somali mayors on a stroll in Nairobi.

    “The mayors and officials are in Kenya for capacity building and planning for the World Bank’s Somali Urban Resilience Project.” He “welcomed them to Nairobi and assured them of our support in establishing their institutions,” according to a release.

    He went on to say that the lessons they learnt in Nairobi will help them improve the institutions in their native nation.
    “Was great hearing about their experiences as well as sharing our journey as we all strive to serve our people better,” he said.

    Nairobi Deputy Governor Njoroge Muchiri and Kamukunji Member of Parliament Yusuf Hassan joined him.

    Furthermore, the governor stated that Kenya was willing to assist Somalia in its road towards national stability.

    This was followed by the unveiling of the Kenya-Somalia-Ethiopia borders project by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.

    Rigathi claimed on May 11, during the commencement of the Borderlands Project in Mandera County, that opening the border will assist stabilise Somalia and Ethiopia.

    “This project is a strategic investment for Kenya and the Horn of Africa people.” “A stable Somalia and Ethiopia greatly contribute to a stable Kenya,” he said.
    Kithure Kindiki, the Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS), announced the reopening of three border posts between Kenya and Somalia that had been closed for the past 12 years on May 15.

    “We have resolved that the border between Kenya and Somalia will be reopened gradually over the next 90 days, beginning today,” he said.

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