H.E. the Ambassador Richard A. Opembe is the new Kenyan Ambassador to Ireland. On Tuesday 20th January, 2015, he presented his Letters of Credence to H.E. Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland at Áras an Uachtaráin. During the presentation of his Letters of Credence, the Ambassador was accompanied by his spouse Mrs. Suzanne Wanjiru Gachukia Opembe and three children, Mr. Jesse Eshikhati Opembe; Ms. Appelonia Chao Opembe; Mr. Miles Khayumbi Gachukia Kibukosya. Also accompanying the Ambassador for the occasion was Mrs. Immaculate N.Wambua, Minister Counsellor at the Embassy.
Present to witness the occasion from the Government of Ireland included Mr. Seán Sherlock, T.D., Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Cooperation at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Mr. Art O’Leary, Secretary-General to the President; Mr. Colm Ó Floinn, Director-General, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ms. Síle Maguire, Chief of Protocol; Mr. Joe Brennan and Ms. Claire Buckley, Protocol, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
H.E. the Ambassador was escorted to and from Áras an Uachtaráin by an Escort of Honour consisting of a motorcycle detachment drawn from the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin, under the command of Lieutenant Fionn McCaffrey.
A Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by the 3rd Infantry Battalion, Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny, under the command of Lieutenant Steve Byrne.
H.E. Ambassador Richard A. Opembe takes over from former Kenyan Ambassador to Ireland Ambassador Catherine Muigai Mwangi whose tour of duty ended in August 2013.