Zuma booed 4 times during #ANC106 celebrations

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

President Uhuru Kenyatta and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa have said there is need for the two governments to boost trade, movement of goods and people of the two nations.

Speaking to the media after a meeting between the two in East London‚ ahead of the ANC's 106th birthday rally‚ Kenyatta said he wished Ramaphosa and the newly elected ANC leadership well.

"President Kenyatta's presence here goes a long away in proving that we have a very special relationship with Kenya", he said.

Kenyatta said they seek to increase connectivity between South Africans and Kenyans, and that there was an understanding that the future of Africans are "tied at the hip".

He said there is need for the two countries to work together and enable the people to interact and do business.

It is the first time the President has set foot outside Kenya since he was reelected into office following a harrowing electioneering period and is expected to be in South Africa for three days.

The President commended the ANC leader for following in the footsteps of the founding fathers of the ruling party, saying the message of unity resonates well with their ideals.

His speech focused on the country's corruption and economy.

"The economy of Kenya can not succeed if the economy of South Africa fails, and the economy of South Africa can not succeed if Kenya's economy fails", he said.

"We have a common heritage as people of Africa".

"As we take the ANC into an era of unity, an era of renewal, an era of service to the people of our country".

"We want to strengthen our relations, by taking them to a higher level", Zuma said, adding that Thursday's tête-à-tête was "absolutely important" as it gave both African Union leaders time to come to conclusions on some issues before Kenyatta's state visit.

He said to President Kenyatta: "We also welcome members of Jubilee party that have travelled with you".

President Uhuru Kenyatta with South Africa President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during the African National Congress (ANC) dinner, January 12, 2018.

Zuma was booed again when his successor in the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged him when he started delivering his inaugural January 8 statement.

Ramaphosa said one of the ways the relationship between Kenya and SA could be deepened, was through travel.

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