KENYAN President Uhuru Kenyatta will grace this year’s Zambia International Trade Fair at the invitation of President Edgar Lungu.
The confirmation of President Kenyatta’s visit came through his special envoy Fred Matiang’i who yesterday delivered a special message to President Lungu at State House.
Dr Matiang’i, who is Kenyan Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, told President Lungu at State House yesterday that President Kenyatta was eager to come to Zambia to officiate at the Zambia International Trade Fair.
He said the coming of President Kenyatta signified the warm bilateral and diplomatic relations the two countries were enjoying.
Dr Matiang’i said President Kenyatta would be coming to Zambia with a large delegation from the private sector to prospect investment opportunities in the country in the manufacturing sector.
He said President Kenyatta was deeply concerned with the conflicts in Burundi and South Sudan and encouraged President Lungu to continue calling for peace in the two countries.
Dr Matiang’i said President Kenyatta was pleased with the prospects of peace in Burundi and South Sudan which he said were improving.
“I bring to you a special message from President Uhuru Kenyatta. He has formerly accepted that he would be coming to Zambia. President Kenyatta will be coming with a large delegation from the private sector. He is also committed to continue preaching for peace in Burundi and South Sudan and he is happy that prospects for peace are looking up,” he said. And President Lungu said he was happy that President Kenyatta had accepted to come to Zambia and that the country had been waiting for his visit for some time.
President Lungu said he was more than glad to receive President Kenyatta in Zambia although the two leaders would be meeting in South Africa for the African Union Summit. This is the first time that the Zambia International Trade Fair will be graced by a foreign President in the last four years.