PRETORIA– Deputy President David Mabuza leaves for Nairobi Thursday at the head of a South African delegation to undertake a working visit to Kenya to attend the country’s Madaraka Day (Freedom Day) celebrations.
The day marks Kenya’s attainment of internal self-rule in 1963 from Britain.
South Africa and Kenya enjoy strong bilateral relations, with the two countries’ Heads of State meeting on the margins of various international and multilateral engagements to discuss matters of mutual interest.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma also undertook a State visit to Kenya in October 2016. Following his re-election in November 2017, President Kenyatta made a working visit to South Africa in January this year to attend the African National Congress (ANC) annual anniversary celebrations in East London.
This engagement forms the basis for the invitation to the Deputy President from Kenya’s governing Jubilee Party to strengthen party-to-party relations, as well as trade and economic relations on the occasion of the Madaraka Day celebrations.
During the working visit, it is envisaged that President Kenyatta and Deputy President Mabuza will discuss issues of mutual concern including the proposed reform initiatives of the African Union, the ongoing security challenges in South Sudan and Somalia, as well as mutually beneficial economic opportunities between the two countries.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK