SA to participate in Kenya's freedom celebrations

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Deputy President David Mabuza will on Thursday undertake a working visit to Nairobi and Meru in Kenya to attend the Madaraka Day (Freedom Day) celebrations.

The day marks Kenya’s attainment of internal self-rule in 1963 from Britain.

South Africa and Kenya enjoy strong bilateral relations, with the two countries’ Heads of State meeting on the margins of various international and multilateral engagements to discuss matters of mutual interest. 

South Africa also undertook a state visit to Kenya on 11 October 2016 in Nairobi.

Following his re-election in November 2017, President Kenyatta undertook a working visit to South Africa in January to attend the African National Congress annual anniversary celebrations in East London.

This engagement forms the basis for the invitation to the Deputy President from Kenya's governing Jubilee Party to strengthen party-to-party relations, as well as trade and economic relations on the occasion of the Madaraka Day celebrations.

During the working visit, it is envisaged that President Kenyatta and Deputy President Mabuza will discuss issues of mutual concern including the proposed reform initiatives of the African Union, the ongoing security challenges in South Sudan and Somalia, as well as mutually beneficial economic opportunities between the two countries. –