Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Uhuru, Ramaphosa talks dwell on open borders and stronger ties

Uhuru, Ramaphosa talks dwell on open borders and stronger ties

His visit kicked off on Thursday in Durban where he had talks with South Africa President Jacob Zuma.

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. "It's a message that resonates well not only with South Africans but [also] to the rest of us in our political parties in the rest of Africa‚" he said.

Speaking to the media after a meeting between the two in East London‚ ahead of the ANC's 106th birthday rally‚ Kenyatta said he wished Ramaphosa and the newly elected ANC leadership well.

President Kenyatta said they discussed various issues aimed at seeking to foster prosperity and movement of the people of the two countries.

Ramaphosa said one of the ways the relationship between Kenya and SA could be deepened, was through travel.

President Zuma also said that he wants to strengthen the relations between the countries and take them to a higher level.

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.

"It will enable us to create the jobs that our young people require", Kenyatta said.

Zuma is not well-liked by investors, who prefer his alleged replacement, leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) Cyril Ramaphosa.

Later President Kenyatta met officials of the African National Congress (ANC) and Jubilee.

Kenya and South Africa are key players in peace building on the African continent, and the leaders will review progress in countries such as Somalia and South Sudan.

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