President Kenyatta graces Tanzania’s Independence Day celebrations ahead of two-day State visit

President Kenyatta graces Tanzania’s Independence Day celebrations ahead of two-day State visit

President Uhuru Kenyatta at Uhuru Grounds in Dar es Salaam for celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of Mainland Tanzania's independence. PHOTO| PSCU

  • The president arrived at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam on Thursday and later attended the country’s 60th Independence Day celebrations.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Tanzania for a two-day State visit at the invitation of Tanzanian Head of State Samia Suluhu.

The president arrived at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam on Thursday and later attended the country’s 60th Independence Day celebrations.

The fete was held at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam and President Kenyatta where he was the chief guest.

The colourful ceremony was attended by thousands of Tanzanians and invited dignitaries among them Presidents Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Filipe Nyusi (Mozambique), Azali Assoumani (Comoros) and DR Congo's Prime Minister Sama Lukonde among others. 

President Kenyatta, who is on a two-day State Visit of Kenya's southern neighbor, was invited to the celebrations in May this year by his Tanzanian counterpart Samia Suluhu Hassan.

In her address, President Samia Suluhu Hassan thanked visiting dignitaries for honouring her invitation saying their presence at the national celebration was a demonstration of the strong comradeship that exists between Tanzania and their respective nations.

“Thank you very much for honouring our invitation. This demonstrates our regional friendship and the spirit of unity amongst Africans,” President Samia said.

President Kenyatta will on Friday be formally received by his host President Samia Suluhu Hassan before leading the Kenyan delegation in bilateral talks with their Tanzanian counterparts. 

Accompanying President Kenyatta are Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Adan Mohammed (East African Community), Betty Maina (Trade), James Macharia (Transport) and Mutahi Kagwe (Health).

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