President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has affirmed his country’s commitment to enhancing its cordial relations with Ghana and his country’s desire to continue working closely with Ghana to further strengthen co-operation for their common benefit.
Delivering a speech as the Special Guest of Honour at the 59th Independence Day celebrations of Ghana at the Black Star Square here Sunday, he also called on President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana to join forces with his country to fight the threat of terrorism on the continent.
Other dignitaries who attended the colourful parade included President Jose Mario Vaz of Guinea-Bissau, Ghana’s Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Parliament Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho and Chief Justice Georgina Wood.
President Kenyatta said if the continent was to preserve the gains of independence and the values of democracy, there was a need for continuous co-operation and heightening of security. “It cannot be that terrorist attacks become the norm rather than the exception,” he said.
He added that peace and security played the key role in economic growth and sustainable development of both countries and the continent. The vision of a unified continent must not be lost because of the recent spates of terrorist attacks in Africa, he said.
He said this was a special time when the leadership of all the countries on the continent must come together to champion the fight against extremism. Kenyans are ready to join Ghanaians to put up a good fight to defeat the enemies threatening the way of life of the people of the continent, he added.
President Kenyatta commended President Mahama for his leadership in the country and in sub-Saharan Africa. He also lauded the people of Ghana for keeping the peace in the country.