, DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 22 – Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, together with New Ford-Kenya’s Eugene Wamalwa and URP’s Kazungu Kambi, on Sunday met Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete at State House, Dar es Salaam.
The leaders praised the close ties between Kenya and Tanzania, and reaffirmed the friendship that goes back many years.
President Kikwete stressed the need for unity in Kenya ahead of the next General Election.
President Kikwete called for the respect of the “decision of the people of Kenya,” adding that Kenyans were the masters of their own destiny and must be allowed to elect their leaders without undue interference.
The president pointed out that Africa would respect the decision Kenyans will make in the general elections in March next year.
He recognised the constitutional and institutional reforms that have taken place since the last general elections, saying Kenya was all set for polls.
The delegation recalled and appreciated the role President Kikwete, who was then the chairman of the African Union played in reconciling Kenyans in the aftermath of the post-election violence, and that culminated in the formation of the Grand Coalition Government between President Kibaki’s Party of National Unity and Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement.
On his part, Kenyatta said his goal and that of like-minded leaders was to move the country forward in unity.
He said they were reaching out to leaders of other political parties.
The Kenyan delegation also included The National Alliance (TNA) MPs Moses ole Sakuda and Rachel Shebesh, and former MP Abdullahi Ibrahim Ali, a member of TNA.
Also present was the Kenyan High Commissioner to Tanzania, Mutinda Mutiso.