President Kenyatta has backed his commitment to Pan-Africanism by announcing that Africans wishing to visit Kenya are eligible to receive a visa on arrival.
The president made the announcement shortly after he took the oath of office for his second term in office. He added that the directive will be implemented without a demand for reciprocity from other African nations.
“Today, I am directing that any African wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive a visa at the port of entry,” said Mr. Kenyatta president at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.
“For my fellow Africans, the free movement of people on our continent has always been a cornerstone of Pan-African brotherhood and fraternity. The freer we are to travel and live with one another, the more integrated and appreciative of our diversity, we will become.”
Uhuru said the visa on arrival directive will boost trade and security as well as increase appreciation for African diversity and reduce negative politics on the continent.
He said embracing African brotherhood will act as a counter against the political balkanization that risks Africa’s mutual security and the negative politics of identity.
President Kenyatta went a step further for East African Community citizens who he said will be treated like Kenyans when they visit the country.
He said individuals from within the EAC will only need their identity cards to work, do business, own property and farm in Kenya. He also reiterated that Kenya was making the commitment without a demand for reciprocity from other EAC nations
“I will work with you, my brothers, the leaders of the East African Community, to bring a renewed energy and optimism to our union. Together, we can deliver the peace and prosperity for which our citizens are crying out; divided, we will struggle to realize the full potential of our people,” said the president.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s swearing-in ceremony was attended by tens of thousands of Kenyans as well as 47 international delegations including several Heads of State and Government from African nations.
The visiting leaders and other dignitaries held one-on-one talks with the president before they were treated to a State Luncheon at State House, Nairobi.