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BY PSCU/KORIR JUMA,13TH JAN 2018-President Uhuru Kenyatta has met and held talks with South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with two leaders agreeing that all attention needs to shift to creating an enabling environement for improved trade, movement of goods and people of the two nations.
Addressing the press after a closed-door meeting at President Kenyatta’s villa in East London, South Africa, the two leaders said Africans have a common heritage, which needs to be exploited for their benefit.
“The fate of Africa is tied at the hip and the relationships should foster partnerships that are beneficial to the citizens,” President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta said there is need for political parties of the two countries to work together and enable the people to interact and do business.
“Political parties are the key engine in ensuring people-to-people connection,” said President Kenyatta.
He congratulated Ramaphosa on his election as president of the ANC, and commended him for his message of unity within the party and the country.
President Kenyatta said they discussed various issues aimed at seeking to foster prosperity and movement of the people of the two countries.
Ramaphosa said ties between the two countries can be boosted by opening doors to the citizens to travel and do business without impediment.
“South Africa should open doors for Kenyans and Kenya should open doors for South Africans,” Ramaphosa said.
He said the two countries have a lot to share in exploitation and development of natural resources for the benefit of their citizens.
“We have a common heritage as people of Africa. What we need to do is to develop that relationship to a higher level to benefit our peoples and countries,” said Ramaphosa.
He cited agriculture and renewable energy, saying Kenya has made great strides in the two sectors, and South Africa can learn a lot from it.
On its part, South Africa has a long history of mining gold and diamonds, among other minerals, and Kenya can gain a lot from the experience and expertise.
Ramaphosa said the exploitation of natural resources would create job opportunities for the youth.
Deputy President Ramaphosa is also the new President of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC).
Later President Kenyatta met officials of the African National Congress (ANC) and Jubilee.
President Kenyatta is expected to attend the 106 annivrsary of ANC party celebrations on Saturday January 13.