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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta cautions
against external interference in African affairs

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday cautioned foreign actors against interfering in the internal affairs of African countries.

Kenyatta, who held talks here with visiting Sudanese Vice President

Osman Mohamed Yousif, said external players should not use the challenges facing the continent to curtail its progress.

"Kenya will stand with Sudan and I am optimistic that Sudan will overcome the challenges it is facing," he said in a statement issued after the talks.

According to the statement, Kenyatta, who received a special message from Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, said the situation in Sudan was under control and that the country was calm contrary to the picture painted by some foreign actors.

He said Kenya will continue to support Sudan as it manages its internal affairs and called for the lifting of the sanctions imposed on the country.

"We will continue our solidarity with Sudan because the sovereignty of all IGAD (Inter-Governmental Authority on Development) member states is something of great importance to us," he added.

The IGAD is a trade bloc which embraces eight countries in eastern Africa, including Kenya and Sudan, with a focus on development and environmental control.

Sudan has been wracked by violent protests since December 2018 after Khartoum which is facing economic crunch cut a vital subsidy on bread.

The protest campaign led by the Sudanese Professionals Association quickly escalated into anti-government demonstrations across cities and towns, with protesters calling on Bashir to step down.

However, Kenyatta said that as a member of the IGAD, Sudan was a pillar of stability in the region.

During the meeting, the Sudanese vice president stressed Kenya’s importance in the region, saying that was why President Kenyatta had to be briefed on the situation in Sudan.

Yousif also praised the cooperation between the two countries, noting that Kenya is one of Sudan’s key development partners.


Kenyan leader pledges to help restore political
stability in Democratic Republic of Congo

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday expressed his country’s commitment in helping the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) achieve political stability.

Kenyatta, who held talks in Nairobi with his DRC counterpart President Felix Tshisekedi, said Nairobi has learned valuable lessons from past political tensions, which the country is willing to share with the Great Lakes nation.

"We will continue to help you achieve peace and stability because we have had similar experience which we can share.

"Our country has been able to calm down political temperatures through the famous Building Bridges Initiative," he said in a statement issued after the meeting.

Tshisekedi arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday for the second-leg of his three-nation maiden tour that has taken him to Angola.

Kenya is his second destination since taking over the reins from long serving Joseph Kabila in late January.

The newly elected leader will then leave for Republic of the Congo to hold talks with President Denis Sassou Nguesso.

During the meeting, Kenyatta said Kenya has for decades hosted Congolese refugees, some of whom have since been adopted as Kenyans, adding that the two countries have a lot to share in terms of cultural heritage.

"Many Congolese have lived in Kenya and the country has adopted some of the Congolese music which has now become part of our life," he told his visiting counterpart.

Kenyatta congratulated Tshisekedi for winning the December 30, 2018 election, saying the peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo is a sign that Africa has now matured and that it can sort out its problems without external influence.

Kenyatta also lauded the citizens of Congo for their maturity in how they conducted the last election and urged them to unite and develop their country.

During their talks, the two leaders explored ways and means of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

Tshisekedi thanked Kenyatta for being a true friend of DR Congo as demonstrated by Kenyatta’s recent visit to the country to attend the Congolese leader’s inauguration ceremony.

He said Congo would forever cherish Kenya’s friendship as it has continued to support the country’s road to political and social stability.

He acknowledged the important role played by the port of Mombasa to the economic wellbeing of Congo, saying his country is willing to join the East African Community (EAC) so as to deepen its economic ties with the region.

Kenya pledges to help Zimbabwe get sanctions lifted

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday assured Zimbabwe of his government’s support to ensure that the sanctions imposed on the southern Africa nation are lifted.

Kenyatta, who spoke in Nairobi after receiving a special message from President Emmerson Mnangagwa delivered by his special envoy Perence Shiri, said the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by Western countries are undermining its efforts to effectively serve its citizens.

"Imposing sanction is like tying somebody’s hands and feet, they cannot move. We will give our support to bring back Zimbabwe to the global platform," Kenyatta said, according to a statement issued from his office after holding talks with Shiri.

Kenyatta’s remarks come a day after Britain hinted at adding more names in the list of Zimbabwean individuals under targeted sanctions by the British government.

Harriett Baldwin, British Minister of State at the Foreign Office and Department for International Development, said Tuesday there is high level UK parliamentary interest in recent human rights violations by state security forces in Zimbabwe.

According to Baldwin, recent events in Zimbabwe have made it difficult for London to support Zimbabwe in clearing arrears with international institutions.

During the talks in Nairobi, Shiri briefed Kenyatta on the situation in Zimbabwe and called for Kenya’s support to get the sanctions lifted.

Shiri said the Zimbabwe government was doing everything it could to address the challenges facing the country.

The special envoy said that plans are underway to ensure that those who lost property during the "land reform program" will be compensated.

The land reform program led to Zimbabwe’s international isolation and sanctions from the U.S. and EU.

Harare has called on the U.S. government to lift its sanctions against senior government officials from the ruling party, which were imposed during former President Robert Mugabe’s administration for violations of human rights and democracy.

The EU lifted several of its sanctions four years ago but those against Mugabe and his wife Grace still remain.



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