South Sudan

Kenyatta visits Kiir, finds ‘peace’ in Juba


Kiir and Kenyatta addressing press

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has Tuesday paid a short visit to Juba where he met President Salva Kiir on peace implementation.

Kenyatta was received at Juba International Airport by South Sudan’s first vice-president Taban Deng Gai before he inspected a full guard of honour mounted by the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA).

Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs), Charles Keter (Energy) and Mwangi Kiunjuri (Devolution) accompanied the President.

“I urged South Sudan President Salva Kiir to implement reforms to consolidate peace in the country including security arrangements provided for in the comprehensive peace agreement,” Kenyatta later said.

Kenyatta said besides focusing on the peace process, his visit to Juba today was also a show of solidarity with the people of South Sudan.

“We will offer the people of South Sudan our support both moral and material.”

The two leaders held a short press conference where President Kenyatta expressed his satisfaction with things in Juba and asked the government to do even more.

President Kiir reassured President Uhuru that there are no hostilities in Juba and that there is peace.


Kenyatta and Kiir shake hands

President Kenyatta on his part said he was glad to have seen for himself that, after the unfortunate incident that took place a few weeks ago, everything in Juba looks like it is be back to normal.

“There is peace in Juba which is a very good indication.”

Kenyatta further said the Juba government was working “in harmony”.

Kenyatta serves as the focal point for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) peace process in South Sudan.

Igad is a grouping of eight Eastern Africa nations that focuses on development and drought control in the region.

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