, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1 – Tanzanian President John Magufuli will on Tuesday join President Uhuru Kenyatta in commissioning the Southern Bypass in Nairobi.
The project starts from the junction of Mombasa Road, crosses the edge of Nairobi National Park then goes through Lang’ata Road, Ngong Road, Motoine River, Dagoretti Road, Thogoto Road over Ondiri river before terminating at Kikuyu town.
The 28.6 kilometre dual carriageway joining Nairobi and Kiambu counties has provisions to integrate seamlessly with the dualling of Ngong Road whose construction is currently underway.
Magufuli will later visit a dairy farm in Karen as he wraps up his first State visit to Kenya.
On Monday evening, during a banquet hosted in his honour by President Kenyatta at State House, the Tanzanian leader expressed the need for African countries to partner in development for the benefit of their citizens.
President Magufuli, who is the current chairman of the East African Community, assured Kenya of his support in accelerating the agenda of the community and enhancing regional development.
“With EAC’s population of 165 million people, add the regional economic blocs of COMESA and SADC with a combined population of over 400 million people and other African economic blocs including ECOWAS, the continent is poised to become a donor community,” said President Magufuli.
He underscored the need for the vast natural resources in the five East African community member states to be harnessed for the economic development of the residents of the region.
President Magufuli also urged the African nations to guard against outside forces, with selfish motives, which could be fuelling turmoil within the continent.
“For instance, there is no reason why the Democratic Republic of Congo with its vast natural resources would be wallowing in poverty,” President Magufuli said.
President Kenyatta said the presence of a significant number of Kenyan investors in Tanzania was a clear testimony that the citizens of the two neighbouring countries were brothers and sisters.
The President emphasized that EAC member states are not in competition with each other but complement one another for the mutual benefit of their citizens.
“The success of the Kenyan economy is beneficial to Tanzanians and the success of Tanzanian economy is equally good to Kenyans,” said the President Kenyatta said.