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