Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has said that Kenyan will strengthen collaboration with the Red Cross movement in efforts to achieve mutual goals and strategic objectives.
According to Mudavadi, the continent recognises global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement networks, which have saved lives in dire situations that extend to needing rescue and evacuation.
In Kenya, he said the Red Cross has been a key partner and made an enormous contribution to the socio-economic development of the country.
“We have partnered not only in the area of emergency responses but in the wider context of linking the resilience of communities to long-term development,” Mudavadi said on Sunday.
“On behalf of the people of Kenya, we commend the Red Cross for always being there, and ready whenever needed.”
He made the remarks when he presided over the 10th Pan-Africa conference of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies at the Insurance College in Nairobi.
The conference is themed ‘Renewing Investments in Africa’ with a focus on innovative approaches to financial solutions.
Mudavadi said that through an extensive network of local branches and volunteers of national societies, the Red Cross and Red Crescent have grown livelihoods to sustain communities in need throughout the world.
“Impartial, neutral humanitarian service and assistance at all times are not just words. They invoke the meaning of a great humanitarian achievement,” he said.
“Over 160 years ago seems like yesterday, when Henry Dunant responded to a cry to attend to persons injured in war. With that simple act of mercy, his idea of unprejudiced and neutral humanitarian assistance birthed the great worldwide movement.”
“The world cannot, for any moment, forget or pretend not to know, how tirelessly you work to alleviate human suffering; and build resilience of communities on behalf of and in collaboration with Governments all over the world.”
Mudavadi urged Africa to continue building strong local actors who effectively address challenges facing the continent, affirming that he is a strong believer in the proper use of immense resources available in the continent both natural and human.