Meet the new Costa Rica, Sierra Leone and Mozambique envoys to Kenya


President Uhuru Kenyatta chats with Costa Rica Ambassador Giovanna Valverde Stark at State House Nairobi on June 9. 2021/ PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday received credentials from six ambassadors and high commissioners recently posted to Kenya at State House Nairobi.

Three of the diplomats – Giovanna Valverde Stark (Costa Rica), Isatu Bundu (Sierra Leone) and Jeronimo Rosa Joao Chivavi (Mozambique) – will be resident in Nairobi, while Nestor Alejandro Rosa Navarro (Uruguay), Jainaba Jagne (The Gambia), and Khadijetou Mbareck Fall (Mauritania) will be based in Ethiopia.

The President welcomed the envoys to Nairobi and wished them a successful tour of duty in the country.

The brief ceremony was attended by Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and Foreign Affairs PS Amb Macharia Kamau.

Stark of Costa Rica replaces Ambassador Marta Eugenia Juarez Juiz, who finished her tour of duty in July last year. According to her profile on the Embassy’s website, Stark a career diplomat since 2004 and an expert in sustainable development, climate change, agriculture, commerce and finance.

“She has distinguished herself in many countries as a climate change and trade negotiator as well as for promoting Costa Rica’s sustainable development model,” the profile reads in part.

Until her appointment, Stark was minister counselor and consul general, Embassy of Costa Rica in Rome, Italy.

Between 2014-16, she was responsible for environmental agenda and was the chief negotiator for negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica.

High Commissioner Isatu Bundu (Sierra Leone) / TWITTER

Madam Bundu of Sierra Leone replaces Peter Joseph Francis, who died on December 28 last year in his hometown, Kenema, Eastern Sierra Leone while on vacation.

Francis was also Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Nairobi (UNON), Unep and UN-Habitat.

Bundu, daughter of Sierra Leone Speaker Dr. Abass Bundu, is a British-trained entrepreneur with 15-year experience in public and private sector management including in Kenya. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Brunel University.  She seeks to prioritise engagements in agriculture and tourism sectors during her tour of duty.

High Commissioner Jeronimo Rosa Joao Chivavi (Mozambique)

Chivavi is former ambassador to Havana and Zambia and succeeds High Commissioner Bernardo Constantino Lidimba.

Lidimba’s highest moments were the reciprocal state visits by presidents Kenyatta and Filipe Nyusi as well as the conferment of citizenship to Makonde people.

In February this year, President Kenyatta applauded High Commissioner Lidimba for the strong Kenya-Mozambique bilateral ties cultivated during his tenure.

During Uhuru’ State Visit to Maputo in March 2018, Kenya and Mozambique signed an MoU to boost bilateral cooperation on trade and investment.

President Nyusi paid a reciprocal visit in November the same year, when a deal that scrapped visa requirements for citizens of both countries to ease bilateral trade.

Ambassador Chivavi is expected to enhance the bilateral trade relations.

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