Former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta has been recognised for the role she played in the establishment of the first East African Community.
The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has honoured Mama Ngina alongside other East African independence First Ladies, Mama Miria Obote (Uganda) and Mama Maria Nyerere (Tanzania) for their contribution to the formation of the first regional bloc (1967 – 1977).
Consequently, Mama Ngina and her two counterparts from Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania will address a special sitting of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in Arusha on Tuesday, May 31st.
The EALA special sitting is held under the umbrella of the 6th meeting of the Assembly’s fourth session that began on May 23 and will end on June 3. The meeting witnessed the presentation of the 2016/2017 EAC Budget amounting to $100 million (Ksh10 billion) on May 26. The Budget gives priority to the full implementation of the EAC Single Customs Territory and the EAC Common Market Protocol.
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The East African region’s founding fathers, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta (Kenya), Julius Kambarage Nyerere (United Republic of Tanzania) and Milton Obote steered the first East African regional bloc from inception in 1967 until its collapse in 1977.
Mama Ngina has received many other distinguished awards. Last year, the “Living Legends” award was conferred on the country’s founding First Lady by the African Women of Excellence Awards scheme that is sponsored and hosted by the Diaspora African Forum Foundation, a Washington DC-based non-profit organization. She was recognized as an African icon, alongside 15 other women, for her contribution to Kenya’s freedom struggle. Mama Ngina has also received an honorary Doctorate degree in Entrepreneurship from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Article by Amina Mbuthia.