Presidents Kenyatta, Zuma hold talks ahead of ANC birthday celebrations

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

"We talked about how we can increase connectivity on our continent because that is something that is critical to our industrial development which will enable us to create jobs that our young people require".

"This is a working visit for President Kenyatta, he has just come to have some consultations, of course, we do this as part of looking forward to the state visit that is going to be made by the President in the first half of this year".

In a video that is slowly getting viral and one that was seen by, Kenyatta is seen alighting from his limousine with one security officer opening the door but his counterpart delays to hold it making it swing back and hit the President as he adjusted his coat.

Apart from the issues of trade and infrastructure, Presidents Kenyatta and Zuma also deliberated on regional peace and security, especially the South Sudan conflict and the "new slave trade in Libya".

The two heads of states are expected to review bilateral agreements the two countries signed in Nairobi in 2016.

"We also felt that while he was here, he could participate in the birthday of the ruling party, because we have had very good discussions about how to make our parties work together".

According to a statement from Kenyatta's office, he would meet with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday.

Kenyatta said the relationship between South Africa and Kenya was already strong but they both want to take it further.

The Kenyan leader arrived in the country on Thursday afternoon on a three-day visit, which marks his first foreign trip since he was sworn-in for his second and final term as Kenyan president last November.

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses Jubilee politicians at State House on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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