Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta together with his Mozambique counterpart Filipe Jacinto Nyusi have today embarked on a journey to bring their two nations together.
The consulate will serve as satellite offices for the Kenyan embassy in the SADC-member country. It will focus more on providing Kenyan government services for citizens in Mozambique in addition to representing business interests of Kenyan capitalists.
Kenya and Mozambique established relations in 1975. However, numerous cultural interactions happened between people from both nations before then. There are also many people from Mozambique who have settled in Kenya. With the most notable group being the Makonde.
Earlier this year, President Kenyatta visited Mozambique to bolster relations between Kenya and Mozambique. During the visit, the President signed a deal to scrap visa requirements for Mozambican nationals visiting Kenya and vice versa. Part of the deal was also to establish Kenya’s consulate in the country.
Also, the agreement allowed Kenya and Mozambique to broaden their cooperation areas of mutual interest including the minerals and mining sector, livestock breeding, trade, tourism promotion, agri-business, manufacturing and value addition, and the Blue economy sector.
President Kenyatta saw the agreement as the kick-start of relations that would link the Swahili Coast from Maputo to Lamu.
And today, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma said the deal brokered nine months ago will be signed this week.
Here are today’s events in photos: