Uhuru and Zuma ex­pected to sign deal on visa ap­pli­ca­tion and costs next week

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Kenya will seek an agree­ment on visa ap­pli­ca­tion and costs dur­ing the state visit by South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma next week. Zuma will also meet South Africans in Kenya and hold talks with Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta. They are ex­pected to sign deals on visas and joint counter-ter­ror­ism strate­gies. Nairobi had in the past com­plained that South Africa im­posed strin­gent rules for Kenyans. “We ex­pect to strike an agree­ment on visas, which have some­times posed a prob­lem for Kenyans trav­el­ling to South Africa,” State House spokesman Manoah Esip­isu said on Sun­day. “It is a fast-chang­ing world and peo­ple no longer have the lux­ury of wait­ing for up to three weeks for visas to be pro­cessed.” In May, South Africa Home Af­fairs min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba said the two coun­tries have pro­posed mea­sures to ad­dress se­cu­rity and other con­cerns be­fore visas are scrapped for Kenyans vis­it­ing the county.

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