President Samia Suluhu will address a joint Parliamentary sitting tomorrow in her two-day visit to Kenya.
President Suluhu landed at JKIA on Tuesday at 9.40 AM, with Foreign CS Raychelle Omamo receiving her. She then proceeded to State House, where she was received with a 21-gun salute.
Her convoy caused heavy traffic in the CBD as she made her way from the airport to State House, where she met with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Suluhu will then hold bilateral meetings and consultations before attending an official state dinner at State House.
Her Excellency President Samia Suluhu Hassan of the United Republic of Tanzania🇹🇿 has arrived in Nairobi for a two-day State Visit to the Republic of Kenya🇰🇪. President Suluhu will later today be received at State House, Nairobi by her host President Uhuru Kenyatta. #UhuruSuluhu pic.twitter.com/Z5GO72Uqlc
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) May 4, 2021
Parliamentary sitting, Kenya-Tanzania business
However, on Wednesday, she will have her hands covered, as she will address a joint Parliamentary sitting before proceeding to a business forum of the Kenya-Tanzania business community.
Kenya and Tanzania have been at loggerheads for the past few months as strains at the border due to COVID stretched the relationship. Kenya refused to let in Tanzanian drivers after Tanzania stopped testing for COVID-19 around May and June 2020.
This led to trader barriers and movement restrictions at the Namanga border, affecting businesses on both sides of the borders. However, with Samia Suluhu’s visit, there is hope for the traders and transporters at the border town.
Mending the ribbon
Indeed, President Samia has made it her point to mend the relationship, and the consultations at the business forum will provide ground for the start of the process.
Among the areas that Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs saw of greater collaboration between Kenya and Tanzania are arts, culture, wildlife, and tourism
After that, she will also address a gathering of executive women in business before jetting out of the country later that evening.
This visit is Samia’s second visit to a country in East Africa, coming after visiting Kampala, Uganda. She had gone to Uganda to sign the pipeline deal between both countries and China’s CNOOC and Total from France.
Kenya also wants in on the pipeline deal but has yet to formally get into an agreement with the two countries.