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President Kibaki in Dar for state visit

21st February 2013
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Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and his host, President Jakaya Kikwete, leave Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport yesterday shortly after the Kenyan leader’s arrival for a state visit to Tanzania. (Photo: Omar Fungo)

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki arrived in the country yesterday for a two-day state visit at the invitation of  President Jakaya Kikwete.

He arrived at the Julius Nyerere International Airport around 16.30 accompanied by several high ranking Kenyan government officials.

He was received by his host President Kikwete  and government officials including Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Bernard Membe, Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Meki Sadik and Kenyan High Commissioner to Tanzania Mutinda Mutiso.

Adding colour to the welcoming ceremony were traditional dance troupes, while the Kenyan leader inspected a guard of honour before leaving for State House for official talks.

During his visit President Kibaki, who is expected to leaves office next month, will meet with Dar es Salaam region’s elders and visit Ukonga Prison to see the activities being implemented to turn offenders into law abiding citizens. They include learning tailoring, carpentry and agriculture.

President Kibaki is scheduled to inaugurate the Old Bagamoyo Road which will be named after him to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Kenya will hold elections on March 4 this year.

EAC has dispatched election observers led by the former Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Abdulrahman Kinana to oversee Kenya’s elections.

Kinana said a credible electoral process is critical in promoting political integration and strengthening democratic processes in the EAC regional integration agenda. 

In an eight-page speech he delivered in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Kinana said the deployment of the EAC Election Observer Mission to Kenyan elections is part of EAC’s goals to promote democratic governance in line with the fundamental principles of the community.

Kinana made the remarks on Monday, when launching the EAC Election Observer Mission for the forthcoming Kenya General Elections.

“Kenyans will determine how to express their democratic rights under a new, vibrant political dispensation. We look forward to elections that will strengthen and advance the democratic culture in East Africa, and thus contribute to the peace and security East Africans enjoy,” Kinana asserted.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN