On Thursday, all eyes will be in Washington DC as USA President Joe Biden hosts his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta at the White House.
The meeting will mark the first time that Biden will be hosting an African President since taking over office in January 2021.
The Biden-Uhuru meeting will be big win for Kenya in as far as its diplomatic mission is concerned.
There is no doubt that all the credit will go to President Kenyatta in his quest to cement Kenya's diplomatic ties with the world's super power. Often, one man will be ignored in all this success. His name is Lazarus Amayo.
Kenya's Ambassador to the United States of America Lazarus Amayo ( Photo Courtesy)
An accomplished diplomat, Kenya's Ambassador to the USA Lazarus Amayo is no doubt the engine driving Nairobi's diplomatic relations with Washington.
With a career spanning over 30 years in the diplomatic circles, Ambassador Amayo is a master in the game and is one President Kenyatta's biggest assets today.
As the man in-charge of Kenya's most important diplomatic mission, Amayo is right at the centre of Uhuru's foreign policy agenda.
Before taking over the Washington DC assignment, Amayo served as Kenya's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
Previously, he served as Kenya's High Commissioner/ Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Before that,he worked as a senior director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
A one-time Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amayo had also served as Kenya's Ambassador to the International Maritime Organization, Zambia, Malawi and COMESA.
President Uhuru Kenyatta ( Photo Courtesy)
Previously, Amayo was Kenya's Ambassador to Sri Lanka with concurrent accreditation to Bangladesh and Malaysia.
A diplomat by training, Amayo kicked off his glittering career as a secondary school teacher at Ogande Girls High School in 1979.
In 1988, Amayo joined politics and was elected as Karachuonyo constituency MP and went on to serve as assistant minister of Education in the President Daniel Arap Moi Government.
Ambassador Amayo holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Delhi, India.
Today, the one-time classroom teacher is right at the centre of Kenya- USA diplomatic relations and is Uhuru's main man in Washington DC.
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