President Uhuru Kenyatta with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma.[Photo/PSCU]
President Uhuru Kenyatta landed in the South African industrial town of East London on Friday for talks with new ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa, and give an address to the ruling party’s birthday congress.
President Kenyatta will utilize the meeting at his villa to congratulate Ramaphosa for winning a competitive race for the leadership position of the African National Congress (ANC) presidency, and appraise him of key bilateral issues, including immigration.
President Kenyatta will be the guest speaker at the 106th anniversary celebrations on Saturday that will be at the Buffalo Stadium, here in East London.
The President will address the issues of pan-Africanism, the role of political parties in promoting African democracy, unity, and self-reliance in a highly anticipated address.
His visit kicked off on Thursday in Durban where he had talks with South Africa President Jacob Zuma. The two leaders noted that the visit would bring about better cooperation between the two countries’ ruling parties, Jubilee and ANC.
“I am happy to participate in the ANC birthday celebrations. We want to see how political parties in Africa can cooperate,” said President Kenyatta.
During his address to the media after the talks, Presidents Kenyatta and Zuma also noted that the relations between the two countries would be taken to “a new level”.
They pinpointed trade and infrastructure as the pillars that would emphasize the relationship between Kenya and South Africa.
Other dignitaries who will be in attendance during the Saturday function include former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano and political party leaders from the Southern Africa region countries.
The newly elected ANC leaders have been holding various activities ahead of the Saturday celebrations.