By Samuel Ouma
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Burundi counterpart Evariste Ndayishimiye on Monday held bilateral talks in the lakeside city of Kisumu, Kenya.
The meeting took place a few hours after the Burundi Head of State jetted into Kenya for a two-day state visit. He was accompanied by First Lady of Republic of Burundi Angeline Ndayubaha.
President Ndayishimiye was received by Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo, and other senior government officials at Kisumu International Airport.
The two heads of State signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to facilitate better relations and collaborative efforts.
The countries also agreed to collaborate on Agriculture, livestock, and fisheries industries.
They also signed a deal that would see their countries working on sports culture and heritage and enhancing education standards in the region.
Kenyatta further noted that they would work together to enhance security operations. He further encouraged people-to-people relations between the two nations by enhancing trade investment.
On his part, Ndiyishimiye urged Kenyan investors to make use of investment opportunities in Burundi.
“We hope the MOUs we have signed will be implemented as soon as possible, we are committed to improving the business climate in our countries,” said Ndiyishimiye.
President Ndiyishimiye will be the chief guest during Kenya’s Madaraka Day Celebration slated for tomorrow at Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, Kisumu.
Madaraka is the Swahili word for ‘power .’ It is celebrated in the East African nation annually to commemorate the day that Kenya took power when it attained internal self-rule in 1963.