Jully 11, 2016
His Excellency, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India has made a historical tour to the University of Nairobi.
In his address to students and staff at Taifa Hall, Mr. Modi said “The University of Nairobi is a glorious institution. It enjoys a formidable reputation, not just in Africa but all over the world. When I see your young, eager and intelligent faces, I know why.” “The university also showcases the shared history and similar experiences of India and Kenya as two developing countries” He added.
PM Narendra Modi signing the visitors book with Vice Chancelor Prof Peter Mbithi and CS Education, Dr Fred Matiangi Looking on
Mr. Modi noted that, “Before entering this auditorium, I paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, whose statue at this University was unveiled exactly 60 years ago. The connection between Mahatma Gandhi and this fine university is among the early bonds of partnership between our two great nations.”
PM Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gadhi's statue
The Indian Prime minister lauded Kenya for inventing Mpesa saying that the idea took the world by storm and led to the growth of mobile money services globally.
Mr Modi observed that during his tour of Kenya, he had a memorable interaction with the Indian disapora. “Many decades ago, they made Kenya their home. Their affection and loyalty to Kenya is foremost.” He said.
An excited audience keenly follows the prime ministers public lecture
The prime minister also praised the University of Nairobi for promoting Yoga. “India’s ancient heritage of yoga stands for holistic living that is in tune with nature. I’m delighted to know that over 7000 yoga lovers celebrated International Yoga Day on 19 June, on the grounds of Nairobi University.” Said Mr. Modi.
Vice Chancelor Prof .Peter Mbithi participated in the International Yoga day held at the Chancelors Court
Also present during the event were cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiangi, Cabinet Secretary Foreign Affairs, Amina Mohammed, Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, Chairman of Council, Dr Iddle Farah, Vice Chancellor, Prof Peter Mbithi and Principal, CHSS,Prof. Enos Njeru among other high ranking government officials, university management, staff and students.