Botswana President will address work permit problems, Uhuru says as he ends trip
President Uhuru Kenyatta has pushed for a review of regulations that limit jobs and business opportunities between Kenya and Botswana.
He wrapped up his three-day state visit to the southern African country yesterday. The President arrived in Botswana on Monday and held talks with his host, President Ian Khama. Top on the agenda was a review of immigration rules that restrict obtaining work permits.
Khama agreed to review the rules so Kenyans can get jobs in the country. Thou- sands of Kenyan professionals have been working in Botswana’s public and private sector, some of them for many decades.
Kenya and Botswana have exchanged human capital for 50 years, an engagement that started with Kenya training Botswanians after it gained independence in 1966. The two leaders also agreed to review an air services deal that regulates flight frequencies and destinations for national carrier KQ in Botswana. Uhuru’s request was to have KQ allowed to fly to Botswana more than three times a week, as it does currently, and to fly to Maun, Francistown and Kasane, besides Gaborone.
The two Presidents also oversaw the signing of bilateral agreements in mining and water services. Kenya and Botswana have agreed to collaborate to develop Kenya’s mining sector, where the southern African country’s experience will help Kenya.
During his visit, Uhuru opened the Botswana-Kenya Business Seminar that brought together business people from the two countries to explore partnerships. The President also met Kenyans living in Botswana and assured them that Khama will address the issue of work permits, which has been a concern.
The plane carrying Uhuru departed from the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport shortly after 10am. He was seen off by Khama and Botswana senior government officials. Uhuru was accompanied by CSs Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs), Dan Kazungu (Mining) and Willy Bett (Agriculture).