President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to South Africa on Friday accorded him another tantalizing opportunity to strengthen the Jubilee party as he met the President of African National Congress (ANC) party leader Cyril Ramaphosa.
On Friday, evening President Kenyatta attended the (ANC) dinner on the eve of the party’s birthday celebration; where besides strengthening the existing ties between Kenya and SA, the two pledged to stimulate measures of “extending warm relations between ANC and Jubilee party”, according to State House.
Speaking during the dinner, Ramaphosa said President Kenyatta’s visit to South Africa demonstrates the special relations between the two nations.
“President Kenyatta’s presence here goes a long away in proving that we have a very special relationship with Kenya,” he said.
Mr Ramaphosa, who is also the Deputy President of South Africa, congratulated President Kenyatta for winning the 2017 election.
He explained that ANC and Jubilee party would work together to cement and strengthen the relations between the people of the two countries.
He said to President Kenyatta: “We also welcome members of Jubilee party that have travelled with you. Their presence have extended good and warm relations between ANC and Jubilee party.”
Jubilee party leaders Vice-Chairman David Murathe and Secretary-General Raphael Tuju accompanied President Kenyatta at the dinner.
Also present were Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed and Principal Secretary Monica Juma.
President Kenyatta, who is the chief guest in Saturday’s celebrations marking 106 years of the ANC, is expected to give a keynote address on Pan Africanism and the role of political parties in promoting democracy in Africa.
The celebrations will take place in East London’s Buffalo City Stadium in the Eastern Cape where over 120,000 party members are expected to attend.