Zim-Kenya sign landmark deals

by | Mar 12, 2022 | Business, International, Local News, Politics | 0 comments

Zim-Kenya sign landmark deals

• as Kenya reaffirms its solidarity with Zim against sanctions.

Brian Rungano Temba

President Mnangagwa`s recent visit to Kenya brought positive prospects for Zimbabwe, as a number of critical agreements were signed between the two countries.

The statesman scored big during his visit to Kenya landing an agreement with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta which assures that the entry passes stamped at airports give citizens of both countries 90 days access.

Kenya is a strategic state in Africa endowed with rich tourism economy thanks to the Serengeti wildlife, famed Masaai culture and the Kilimanjaro.

In terms of trade, the port of Mombasa is very stratergic for regional trade.

Kilindini Harbour is the main part of the Port of Mombasa, the only international seaport in Kenya and the biggest port in east Africa. It is managed by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA). Apart from cargo handling, Mombasa is frequented by cruise ships.

The synergy between the Tourism in Zimbabwe and Kenya could not only mean trans-regional tourism packages which will include Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls and Great Zimbabwe.

All the above being made possible through the engagement and reengagement thrust of the Second Republic under the wise leadership of President Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030 template.

The two countries did not only share a keen interest in developing together but to be on even capacity.

The advent of illegal economic sanctions on Zimbabwe has hindered the development of SADC states just as much as it has Zimbabwe alone.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta called on the international community to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe saying the restrictions were hurting the Southern Africa nation.

The President termed the sanctions as illegal, and assured Zimbabwe of Kenya’s continued advocacy to ensure that the restrictions are lifted.

“And this we consider to be unfair for these hardships were artificially created and we continue to call on the international community to remove these illegal sanctions,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta spoke on Wednesday afternoon at State House, Nairobi during a joint press briefing with his visiting Zimbabwe counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa shortly after the two Heads of State led their respective delegations in bilateral talks.

During the talks, Kenya and Zimbabwe signed seven bilateral agreements, all memoranda of understanding (MOU) on political and diplomatic consultations; tourism and wildlife conservation; and civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents investigations.

Others were on women empowerment and community development; youth affairs; cooperatives; and sports and recreation activities.

President Kenyatta said the agreements will enable Kenya and Zimbabwe to cooperate in addressing challenges facing them particularly youth unemployment.

He pointed out that the signing of the agreement on women empowerment was particularly since it was entered into, a day after yesterday’s International Women’s Day national celebrations during which Kenya re-dedicated herself to the attainment of her ambitions gender goals.

“This MoU will go a long way in realizing this important development agenda. It seeks to promote a closer working relationship between our two countries in achieving the shared vision of women empowerment and community development, and also facilitate the sharing of knowledge, strategies and technology for our women,” President Kenyatta said.

 

He said his Zimbabwean counterpart’s visit had not only renewed the two nations friendship and brotherly ties but also re-invigorated the strong historical relations that exists between the African states.

“The friendship between our two countries and peoples goes back to the days before independence, with many people from the Shona community who are now recognized and regularized as Kenyan citizens, settled in our country in 1960,” President Kenyatta said.

On multilateral cooperation, President Kenyatta congratulated Zimbabwe on its recent election into the African Union Peace and Security Council, and assured President Mnangagwa of Kenya’s strong backing during his country’s two-year tenure.

On his part, President Mnangagwa reiterated his Kenyan counterpart`s call on the international community to lift sanctions placed upon his country terming the restrictions as unilateral.

“My visit to Kenya is aimed at consolidating our relations by refocusing our cooperation to increase bilateral trade, investment, tourism, transport, science and technology and innovation among other aspects such as defense and security matters,” President Mnangagwa said.

 

He said unity of purpose would help Kenya and Zimbabwe to effectively deal with emerging challenges such as terrorism and the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We affirmed the need for cooperation with bilateral commitment at global levels to deal with pandemics of this nature now and in the future. Both Zimbabwe and Kenya are committed to enhance cooperation towards mitigating the adverse effects of climate change and other environmental issues,” the Zimbabwean leader said.

At the bilateral meeting, Zimbabwe donated to Kenya 100 metric tonnes of medical oxygen to boost the fight against Covid-19.

Earlier, President Mnangagwa, who arrived in the country on Tuesday evening, was received at State House, Nairobi by President Kenyatta in an elaborate state reception that included a guard of honor mounted by the Kenya Air Force and a 21-gun-salute.