Friday 4 December, 2020

VID: Barbados PM, Kenyan President plant trees in new Botanical Garden

The new Botanical Gardens has two new trees planted by the leaders of Barbados and Kenya.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley planted a mahogany tree, and beside it the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta planted an African Tulip.


Mottley said that the tree planting ceremony and the types of trees chosen were significant. 

She told the gathering of persons at the Gardens that the first mahogany tree was planted in 1763 over by the Belle and it's fitting that another be planted on the opposite side of the gully. Speaking to the African Tulip she said that it is known to have regenerative power. Therefore she said that with the two new additions, "the powers of the trees should add quality to loves and the richness of the lives of persons."

Beside each tree is a plaque in commemoration of the Kenyan President's first trip to Barbados and the Prime Minister's planting as well.

Much laughter and camaraderie were displayed between the two leaders who were engaging in bilateral relation talks during the President's official three-day visit. President Kenyatta applauded first and loudly once Prime Minister Mottley had finished plating and watering her tree. She too did the same for him. Then, President Kenyatta embraced the Prime Minister and they exchanged three kisses on the cheeks before showing linked hands as they work to further forge linkages between Barbados and Kenya.

Pres Uhuru Kenyatta and PM Mia Mottley plant trees in Barbados

Now, according to Barbados' leader, the people of Kenya also have a tangible piece of history embedded in Barbados at the Botanical Gardens.

Though much of his schedule and the schedule for the First Lady of Kenya was altered, the tree planting ceremony went off without a glitch. 

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