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Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge to lead Kenya's campaign for top UN seat in New York

Foreign Affairs Ministry has resorted to using athletic champions to rally for support government's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

by Erick Kombo Ndubi Nov 4th 2019 · 1 min read
Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge to lead Kenya's campaign for top UN seat in New York

Foreign Affairs ministry has resorted to using athletic champions to rally support for government's bid for a seat in the United Nations Security Council.

Top in the list of athletes selected by government include Eliud Kipchoge who is set to lead the campaigns in New York, USA, on Wednesday, November 6.

Others who will join the delegation include world female marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei, the first African woman to win the New York Marathon Tegla Loroupe, legendary long-distance runner Paul Tergat and star rugby player Collins Injera, as reported by Daily Nation.

Kipchoge who was recently awarded Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH) by President Uhuru Kenyatta will address a meeting of African ministers who have been invited for briefing at Maxwell Hotel.

The marathoner is already in New York and is set to travel to Amsterdam, Netherlands on Tuesday. He will be able to address the meeting via a video link.

Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma said she is positive the deployment of sportsmen and women in the campaign could yield positive results for the nation.

“We have come a long way, from getting an endorsement from the African Union through a vote in August to rallying associates to support our bid“Launching this campaign in New York, the headquarters of the Security Council, six months shy of the vote means that we need all Kenyans to support the country's bid because we stand to gain a lot if we get an opportunity at this top global security decision-making level,” she said.

Kenya is fighting for the seat with Djibouti, which has already lost the battle for the African Union representative for the UNSC seat.

However, Djibouti is playing up Kenya’s simmering boundary dispute with Somalia as an indicator that Nairobi should not be trusted to handle regional security matters.

If Kenya wins the seat, then it would get a non-permanent seat in the UN's most powerful agency.

This means the country will join the league of US, UK, Russia, China and France and position itself to hold the rotational presidency of the UNSC and lobby other member states on crucial matters.

last updated: 2019-11-05@01:11