After approximately eight months’ wait, Burundi’s president Evariste Ndayishimiye has received 50 cows from Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta. The donation, which was made on 31 May 2021 was delivered by Kenya’s agricultural cabinet minister Peter Munya on Thursday 3 February 2022.
The cows include Mandela cows and high-yielding heifers.
Munya also delivered other items promised by Kenyatta to Burundi, including 20 000 Quodivolent vaccine doses for foot and mouth disease, 1.3 metric tons of maize, wheat and Rhodes grass seeds, 1 000 tsetse traps, and 4 000 semen straws.
Burundi’s minister of agriculture, livestock and environment Deo Guide Rurema accepted the donations at a function in Bugendana, Gitega province.
“Kenya has honored its commitment to assisting Burundi to develop its agriculture, livestock and co-cooperative sectors. The Mandela cow which His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta handed to his Burundian Counterpart His Excellency President Evariste Ndayishimiye in Kisumu on May 31, 2021 has finally arrived in Burundi together with 50 high-yielding dairy heifers,” the ministry of affairs said via a statement.