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LIFE AND TIMES OF AMBASSADOR BETHUEL ABDU KIPLAGAT

Ambassador Bethuel Abdu Kiplagat was born on 28 November 1936 in Kenya and died on July 13th 2017 In Nairobi. He studied physical sciences at Makerere University and sociology of religion at Sorbonne Universities.Ambassador Kiplagat served in the Kenyan Foreign Service for thirteen years.

He was Kenya’s Ambassador to France (1978-1981) and the United Kingdom (1981-1983) and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation of Kenya from 1983 – 1991. He has also served his country in other capacities as a Member of Election Monitoring Committee of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (1997) and he was involved in the ongoing constitutional review process in Kenya.

Ambassador Kiplagat was closely involved in the conflict resolution efforts on the continent, particularly in Eastern Africa. He facilitated peace talks in Uganda (1985 –86), initiated and facilitated peace talks in Mozambique (1988-1992) and engaged warring parties in Ethiopia in 1988-1992. He was a resource person to the IGAD Peace Process for Sudan since 1985 and was advising Sudanese civil society on conflict resolution. Ambassador Kiplagat was active in civil society organizations, having served as a Deputy General Secretary with the National Christian Council of Churches of Kenya and Director of Relief, Rehabilitation and Development Programme of the Sudan Council of Churches in Southern Sudan. He  also chaired the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF)) and served on a panel established by the International Peace Academy and the OAU to examine the institutional relationship between the OAU and civil society.

He was also an independent consultant on peace and conflict resolution, Kenya’s Special Envoy in the Somali Peace Process and the Chairman of the IGAD Technical Committee on Somali National Reconciliation Conference. He chaired several organizations such as Kenya Rural Enterprise Programme and Operation Save Innocent Lives, serves on several Boards including that of the Nairobi Stock Exchange, and he was also former  Chancellor of Egerton University based in Kenya. Ambassador Kiplagat was the Executive Director of African Peace Forum and a Director of Universal Bank in Kenya. He was also engaged in activities aimed at encouraging community-based peace processes in Eastern Africa.

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