Governor-General underscores solidarity between Jamaica and Kenya

Governor- General Sir Patrick Allen (5th right), greets President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, on his arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport on Monday (Aug. 5) for a three-day State visit. Descending the steps of the airplane is the Kenyan President’s wife, Her Excellency Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta. The welcome party also included Her Excellency The Most Hon. Lady Allen (4th right) ; Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (3rd right); Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. General Rocky Meade (2nd right); and Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson.

 

 

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has underscored the   strong relations and shared interests between Jamaica and the Republic of Kenya, noting that both countries had championed social and economic development, worked side by side against racism, and the protection of the rights and development of Peoples of African Descent.

Sir Patrick was speaking at the State Dinner in honour of visiting Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife, Margaret on Monday evening at King’s House.

The Governor-General observed that as developing countries, the strength of both countries lay in their solidarity and unity in advocacy of common concerns, advancing common causes, and achieving common objectives.

Referring to the influence of National Hero Marcus Garvey on Kenya, Sir Patrick said Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first Prime Minister and President, modeled Garvey’s Pan-Africanism and determination to fight for the unity and independence of Africans.   Both countries, he said, shared a strong interest in the promotion of democracy, the rule of law, human rights and good governance.

Sir Patrick also noted Jamaica’s cultural impact on Kenya where Reggae music was played on radio stations around the country

Pointing to Kenya’s establishment of the largest wind power farm in Africa to provide clean, reliable and low-cost electricity, Sir Patrick commended President Kenyatta in promoting environmental responsibility and development of the marine economy.

In his reply, President Kenyatta said the bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Andrew Holness had been “fruitful”, adding that he looked forward to deeper discussions and implementation of some of these areas.

He said, “We are one people and we need to re-establish bonds for all our peoples.  Kenya and Jamaica need to strengthen partnerships in order or go forward.”  The President committed to ensuring that Kenya and Jamaica invested and grew together to tackle emerging issues.

President Kenyatta and his wife, who were in Jamaica from August 5 – 7, were the special guests of the Government for the 57th Independence celebration. This is the first time that a sitting Kenyan President has visited Jamaica.  Both countries established Diplomatic relations in 1976.

Garfield Green sworn in as Custos of Manchester

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen looks on as Mr. Garfield Green, JP takes the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office at King’s House on June 24, ,2019.His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen looks on as Mr. Garfield Green takes the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office at King’s House on June 24, ,2019.

 

 Custos of Manchester, Garfield Green, JP, was sworn in by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen at a brief ceremony at King’s House on Monday, June 24.

Sir Patrick told Mr Green that in accepting the invitation to the office of Custos, he indicates his willingness to commit himself to serve the people of Manchester, promote the rule of law, public order, and civic pride in the parish.

Pointing to some of the responsibilities, Sir Patrick told the Custos that his contribution would assist in achieving the objectives of The Governor-General’s Programme of Excellence.  This includes engaging young people to grasp the vision of a new and better Jamaica, inspiring them to make a contribution to national development, and empowering themselves to fulfil their God-given potential.

In his response, Mr Green said he was humbled to have been appointed this prestigious role, and considered it a privilege to represent the Parish.  He listed four areas of focus that he planned to tackle, which includes, ensuring adequate distribution of Justices of the Peace; educating the JPs on the role and function of their office; addressing JP delinquency, and ensuring that the Custos was known, recognizable and approachable.

Custos Green succeeds Custos Sally Porteous who retired after serving seven (7) years. The Custodes Act states that Custodes are required to demit office on reaching the age of 75 years, unless specially requested to continue in office.

GG Welcomes President of Ghana

Their Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen (left) and the Most Honourable Lady Allen(right) looks on as the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, signs the Official Guest Book following a courtesy call at King’s House on Sunday, June 16, 2019.

 

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has congratulated the President of Ghana His Excellency Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo on his initiative to offer free education for students up to the senior high school level.

During a Courtesy Call on the Governor-General on Sunday, June 16, the Ghanaian President said his country had the youngest population in the world where the average age was 19 years. This meant that education and employment were among the main challenges.

The President said that in the 2017-18 school year, 80,000 students matriculated to senior high school with 180,000 qualifying in 2018/19. Before this programme started, education was free up to the junior high school level, however beyond that, each year some 100,000 students were unable to attend senior high schools.

Despite the strain on the national budget, the President said the education initiative was one way the country was using its natural resources to transform the human capital.

Sir Patrick commended the President and observed that it was the young people who would transform the economy and ensure that the country’s raw material, which was sent overseas, could be processed locally.

Passing of the Most Hon. Edward Seaga

His Excellency The Governor-General has expressed his deep sorrow at the passing of the Most Honourable Edward Seaga, former Prime Minister and one of the principal architects of Jamaica’s post-Independence governmental structure.

Sir Patrick Allen said, His long list of achievements in national and political leadership, enlightened policy development, and efficient implementation marked him as a strategic thinker and man of action. He evoked a brand of loyalty which was a combination of deep respect and unquestioned love.

The Governor- General added that, “ Mr. Seaga leaves us a legacy of visionary leadership, sustainable institutional development, and a wealth of ideas and information. His formidable record of service will ensure the perpetuation of his contribution to the ongoing political maturing of our nation.”

Lady Allen and I extend our deepest sympathy to his beloved wife, Carla, to his children, grandchildren, other close relatives and friends, and to all who grieve his passing here in Jamaica and across the world.

Governor-General’s Statement on the Passing of Mr.Martin Henry

I express my profound sadness on learning of the sudden passing of Mr. Martin Henry, noted columnist and public affairs analyst.

Mr. Henry enjoyed an enviable reputation as a balanced, fair and insightful commentator on a range of issues of local, regional and international importance. He made an outstanding contribution as a lecturer and administrator in the tertiary education sector, where he was a highly respected model for staff and students alike.

As a churchman, he brought to bear in his work and witness his strong faith and his unshakeable integrity. Jamaica has lost a distinguished son whose legacy will long remain to inspire and encourage a generation and more of our citizens.

Lady Allen and I extend heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Jacqueline, his children, and his extended family. We join with countless friends and beneficiaries of his stewardship in praying for their strength at this time and trust that the very happy memories of their time with him will be a source of enduring comfort.