Presidents Uhuru, Zuma lead delegations in talks

President Uhuru Kenyatta today welcomed South African President Jacob Zuma to State House, Nairobi, with an elaborate State reception complete with a 21-gun salute.

President Zuma, who is on a three-day State visit, arrived at State House shortly after 10.00 am and was received by his host President Kenyatta.

The National Anthems of Kenya and South Africa were played followed by the Kenya Defence Forces firing 21 cannon shots.

The South African President then inspected a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the Kenya Airforce.

Other dignitaries who greeted President Zuma at the State House included Cabinet Secretaries and service commanders led by the Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Samson Mwathethe among others.

Thereafter the South African leader entered State House building and signed the Distinguished Visitors’ Book after which President Kenyatta invited him into his office for tete-a-tete.

The two Presidents were scheduled to later lead their delegations in bilateral talks at which they are expected to discuss issues of trade, security and immigration.

Other issues set to be discussed will be the candidature of Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed for the post of chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Earlier in the morning, President Zuma laid a wreath at the Mausoleum of Kenya’s founding President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

He was received at the Mausoleum by the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and the Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero.

Zuma’s visit is the first state visit by a South African President.

Meanwhile, Meru Governor Peter Munya has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to use the opportunity and negotiate for Miraa market in South Africa. He said he believes South Africa can offer sizable potential market to the product.
“I want to urge President Kenyatta to use the opportunity of the meeting with President of South Africa Jacob Zuma to negotiate for Miraa market on behalf of people of Meru County,” Munya said. Speaking in Meru yesterday, Munya said he might not be privy about much information about the people of South Africa but he said there is potential market for Miraa in the country. “I know there is a potential for us getting a huge market for Miraa in South Africa. I don’t much about them but I believe if well negotiated we can a good market there,” Munya said.

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