The Kenya High Commission in Windhoek, was established in 1990, soon after Namibia attained independence. As from 2009, the Mission was accredited to Angola which was before then accredited from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Angola opened its Embassy in Nairobi in the year 2013, and Kenya followed by opening a fully-fledged Mission in Luanda, in March 2015.
Diplomatic ties between Kenya and Namibia date back to 1964 when Kenya first expressed sympathy and support the South West African Political Organization (SWAPO) by donating a Land Rover to the liberation movement.
The military vehicle was donated to SWAPO by the founding president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, at a time when the Namibian freedom fighters were in an armed struggle against the colonial apartheid South Africa.
Twenty-five years later, Kenya sent a gallant contingent of peacekeepers to Namibia, as part of the UNTAG, led by Lieutenant-General Daniel Opande who was also the deputy force commander of the UN force.
Kenya High Commission, Windhoek is mandated to promote Kenya’s foreign policy in Namibia that rests on four interlinked pillars of economic diplomacy, peace diplomacy, environmental diplomacy, cultural diplomacy and Diaspora diplomacy.
In achieving our foreign policy mandate Kenya continued to play its consistent moral and material support during the liberation struggle in Namibia. This was enhanced by the significant role the Kenyan contingent of the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) played in the preparations for Namibia’s independence. Subsequently, the Kenyan contingent was requested to stay on for three months by the newly formed Namibian Government to establish a unified Namibian Defense Force.
Kenya and Namibia signed a General Agreement on Cooperation in June 1992. The agreement provided for the establishment of the Kenya – Namibia Joint Commission for Cooperation. Consequently, a number of Bilateral Agreements have been signed, which when implemented will benefit both countries immensely.
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