President Ruto implements a new policy regarding foreign affairs; details.
The head of state, president William Ruto implements a new policy . He stated that from now on, Foreign countries, will engage directly with ministries and state agencies, without going through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, all businesses regarding foreign countries, must always go through the ministry of foreign affairs ; Which will not be the case anymore.
The memo stated,”Whereas the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations entrusts all official business with the receiving state to be conducted through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it has been agreed in the interest of efficiency that the missions may communicate directly with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the government of Kenya without going through the Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs.”
” A copy of the correspondence should, however, be shared with the Ministry. In the interest of coordination, the foregoing is subject to requirement by the missions to avail a report to the Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs on the held deliberation and decision undertaken within three days of the meeting,” read part of the memo.
Additionally, he stated that any foreign country that wants to interact with more than one ministry, then the communication will be through the deputy president, Rigathi Gachagua.
However, DR Mutua, the foreign affairs CS, has clarified that the reason for the changes is because of bureaucratics that hinder completion of MoUs.
He stated,”The reason is removing bureaucratic bottlenecks that hinder completion of MoUs and other important negotiations with the diplomatic community.”