The Kenyan Navy vessel KNS Jasiri has stopped in Maputo, Mozambique, whilst on a training cruise and delivered nearly 6 tons of medical supplies to the southern African nation, which is still recovering from Cyclones Kenneth and Idai.
The 5.8 tons of medical supplies were handed over to Mozambican Defence Minister Atanatio Salvador M’tumuke on 18 May by Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychell Omamo, the Kenyan Ministry of Defence said.
Speaking during the event, the Cabinet Secretary said there was need to strengthen the already existing cooperation and bilateral relations between the two countries.
“The effects of climate change are real as witnessed recently. Therefore, we need to improve cooperation between African countries to mitigate challenges that our respective countries may face from time to time. We need strong working relations between our defence forces,” Omamo said.
Omamo was accompanied by Defence Headquarters’ Chief of Logistics, Brigadier Aphaxard Muthuri Kiugu, Kenya Defence Forces Senior Officers, Officers and Service Members.
In March this year, Kenya responded to the disaster in Mozambique by sending a team of medical doctors, a specialised Kenya Defence Forces Disaster Response Unit together with air support from the Kenya Air Force.
The Kenyan contingent was due to stay in Mozambique for four days before departing, APA reported.