Fresh from London visit, Uhuru heads to SA

May 9, 2013 7:05 am


President Kenyatta was met at the JKIA by Deputy President William Ruto/PPS
President Kenyatta was met at the JKIA by Deputy President William Ruto/PPS
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 – Fresh from the London Conference on Somalia, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to travel to south Africa for the World Economic Forum on Africa Thursday afternoon.

The Head of State will also meet and address Kenyans living and working in South Africa.

President Kenyatta jetted back into the country on Thursday morning from a three-day official visit to the United Kingdom.

The plane carrying the president and his entourage touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 6am.

On arrival, the president, who was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, was received by Deputy President William Ruto, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia and Internal Security PS Mutea Iringo among other senior government officials.

The president was later expected to attend the burial of Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo in Mbooni before travelling to Cape Town, South Africa for a four-day visit.

During the visit, President Kenyatta will attend the World Economic Forum on Africa and hold a bilateral meeting with his South African counterpart President Jacob Zuma among other engagements.

President Kenyatta this week attended the London Conference on Somalia and also met and held talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

At the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Cameron and President Kenyatta, the British PM hailed the strong historical ties that Kenya and the United Kingdom have continued to enjoy.

The premier added that the relations between the two countries have been mutually beneficial and underlined the commitment of the British Government to strengthen the relations further.

On his part, President Kenyatta applauded the fraternal relations between the two countries saying his Government appreciates the assistance that the United Kingdom has continued to extend to Kenya.

During the Conference on Somalia, President Kenyatta voiced Kenya’s support for the timely return and resettlement of Somali refugees in their motherland.

While in London, the Head of State also met and addressed Kenyans living and working in Britain where he disclosed that his government is in the process of formulating a Diaspora policy that will guide its engagement with all Kenyans living abroad.

President Kenyatta noted that the policy is aimed at forging effective synergies for involving citizens abroad in national development agenda and at the same time meeting their needs and expectations.


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