We are counting on you to help strengthen relations between Kenya and Tanzania, President Suluhu tells MPs

We are counting on you to help strengthen relations between Kenya and Tanzania, President Suluhu tells MPs

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,5TH MAY,2021-Tanzania President Samia Suluhu on Wednesday urged Members of parliament to be  on the forefront in defending the unity of purpose between the two countries.

The neighboring nation’s head of state said parliament is key in setting  the agenda that will see the aspirations of both countries come to pass.

She particularly called on parliament not to tolerate any member who preaches division among the two countries. Suluhu said her visit to Uganda was not a state visit but was for the signing of a pipeline deal.

Suluhu said since taking over office, she has received many invitations from different counties but settled on Kenya given the historical ties the two counties have enjoyed over the years.

“I was in Uganda to sign a deal but my official state visit is to Kenya,” Suluhu said amidst applause from the lawmakers.

“I have received many invitations but I decided to start with Kenya because of the histirical ties between the two countries.”

Todays’s address – she noted – was her first time to address a joint sitting of Parliament.

The visiting head of state also lauded President Uhuru for standing with Tanzania when they lost President John Magufuli.

“I am delighted to get the opportunity to address the joint sitting of Senate and National Assembly of Kenya,” she said.

Suluhu has extended a special invitation to President Uhuru Kenyatta to be the main guest as they celebrate 60 years of independence in December.

She said they will be honoured to have Uhuru as the main guest during the celebrations.

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