NAIROBI, President Uhuru Kenyatta says any African citizen wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive a visa on arrival.
The President made the announcement shortly after he took the oath of office for his second term of office here Tuesday.
The move is in line with his pan-Africanist vision and to prove Kenya’s commitment, the directive will be implemented without any demand for reciprocity from other nations on the continent.
Today, I am directing that any African wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive a visa at the port of entry, said the President, who added that the boost trade, increase appreciation for African diversity and reduce negative politics on the continent.
For my fellow Africans, the free movement of people on our continent has always been a cornerstone of pan-African brotherhood and fraternity. The freer we are to travel and live with one another, the more integrated and appreciative of our diversity we will become, he said.
The President also said that citizens of countries in the East African Community (EAC) would be treated like Kenyans when they visit the country. Individuals from within the EAC will need only their national identity cards to work, do business, own property and farm in Kenya.
Stressing that Kenya was making the commitment without a demand for reciprocity from other EAC member nations, he added: I will work with you, my brothers, the leaders of the East African Community, to bring a renewed energy and optimism to our union. Together, we can deliver the peace and prosperity for which our citizens are crying out; divided, we will struggle to realise the full potential of our people.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK