According to the U.S. State Department, Secretary Tillerson will meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta and other government officials in talks set to focus on continued support for the democratic process in Kenya, refugee issues, and press freedom. The trip would begin on Tuesday, March 6, the officials said.
Tillerson had reiterated the importance of democracy for Africa to achieve her potentials.
With Trump showing little understanding of the continent - the president has made very few remarks that show a proper understanding of the continent, but Tillerson's visit would give us a clearer insight into the possibility of any beneficial partnership to evolve between the continent and the United States.
The funding will go to Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and unnamed countries in the Lake Chad Basin. "When do we get to see the outlines of what the Trump Africa policy is?"
While the top U.S. diplomat has a broad itinerary on his five-nation trip, Africa experts say Tillerson's planned stops in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Chad and Nigeria underscore the emphasis on security - and away from the traditional USA role as advocate and partner for good governance and development.
"Although Africa needs sustained investment and engagement from members of the global community, China has been largely a negative actor in the region for some time", Smith said.
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China is aggressively working to expand its regional influence, which is something of concern to USA lawmakers.
The U.S. lawmaker added China "is building military relationships and partnering with one-party states, often to the detriment of good governance, the rule of law, and the African people themselves".
His announcement of more humanitarian assistance for several countries threatened by starvation will be welcomed, but Tillerson works for a president who has repeatedly spoken of reducing America's burdens overseas.
About $184 million is for affected populations from South Sudan and more than $110 million for affected populations from Ethiopia.
Of the newly-announced funds, almost $184 million is for affected populations in South Sudan and more than $110 million is for millions vulnerable in Ethiopia.