South Africa: Kenyatta to attend ANC birthday bash

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) is welcomed by South African President Jacob Zuma (L) at Dube House in Durban.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) is welcomed by South African President Jacob Zuma (L) at Dube House in Durban.

Modern-day slavery in Libya formed part of talks between President Jacob Zuma and his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta.

The pair met at John Dube House, in Durban on Thursday to discuss developments on the continent.

Kenyatta is on a three-day visit to the country.

The meeting marks his first foreign trip since he was sworn in for his second and final term as Kenyan president in November last year.

“We want to strengthen our relations, take them to a higher level,” said Zuma, adding that Thursday’s meeting was “absolutely important” as it gave both leaders time to come to conclusions on some issues before Kenyatta’s next visit.
“We have also had the opportunity to discuss regional issues that are to do with mutual interest, matters of peace and security. I have had the opportunity to brief president Zuma on South Sudan and to discuss other issues,” said Kenyatta.

Kenyatta is expected to attend the ANC’s annual 8 January statement in East London on Saturday.

He says African political parties should work to unite their people.

Zuma said Kenyatta 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.

He would also meet with the Johannesburg business community and the chief executive officer of Volkswagen South Africa, Thomas Schaefer, who set up an assembling plant in Kenya in 2016.

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