KENYA TO SEEK PRETORIA’S SUPPORT FOR CHAIRMANSHIP OF AU COMMISSION

The spokesperson for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Manoah Esipisu, says Nairobi will seek South Africa’s support for the position of African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson during President Jacob Zuma’s visit to the country this week.

Esipisu said here Sunday that President Kenyatta had already held talks with Zuma on the issue before announcing the candidature of Amina Mohammed, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (Minister) to fill the position.

Zuma is expected to arrive in Nairobi Monday for a three-day State visit to the East African nation.

Elections will be held in January 2017 to find a successor to current AU Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma of South Afrivca, who will not be seeking a second term.

Kenya has nominated Amina to succeed Dr. Dlamini-Zuma.

“The President has reached out to President Zuma already about this candidature, seeking his support and he will return to that matter during meetings on Tuesday,” said Esipisu.

Zuma will receive full State honours on Tuesday, complete with a 21-gun salute, when he meets President Kenyatta.

The leaders will hold joint Kenya-South Africa business talks.

Immigration as well as the removal of trade barriers between the two nations will top Kenya’s agenda at the talks.

“President Kenyatta will be specifically seeking to mitigate the high levies Kenyan tea exports face in South Africa and also look at restrictions against other products, including, but not limited to, soda ash and processed meat. There is also discussion around the export of Kenya’s avocados to South Africa – a matter under discussion at this point.”

It will be the first State visit to Kenya by a sitting South African head of state.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.