Kenya, South Africa sign joint se­cu­rity agree­ments

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma on three-day State visit calls for closer co-op­er­a­tion

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Kenya and South Africa have made a com­mit­ment to deepen their co­op­er­a­tion by sign­ing two crit­i­cal me­moranda of un­der­stand­ing on se­cu­rity.

The two doc­u­ments, signed dur­ing the on­go­ing visit by South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, in­volve po­lice and de­fence co­op­er­a­tion.

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta said the MoUs cover in­tel­li­gence shar­ing, iden­ti­fy­ing ter­ror­ists’ sources of fund­ing and sta­bil­is­ing ter­ror­ism-prone coun­tries.

“These agree­ments are aimed at en­hanc­ing re­gional and con­ti­nen­tal se­cu­rity, a pre­req­ui­site for our de­vel­op­ment,” Uhuru said at a joint press con­fer­ence at State House yes­ter­day.

“Pres­i­dent Zuma and I agreed to broaden our counter-ter­ror­ism part­ner­ship and fo­cus on new ar­eas such as cy­ber se­cu­rity, fi­nanc­ing of ter­ror­ism and stem­ming rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion.”

He said they signed an agree­ment for South Africa’s in­vest­ment in the Lapsset project. Uhuru said the project is piv­otal for Kenya, the re­gion and the con­ti­nent. He said in­vest­ment in Africa by Africans is crit­i­cal for growth of in­ter-Africa trade and in­vest­ment.

Uhuru said Kenya and South Africa will learn from each other’s fi­nan­cial services and tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional train­ing. “We have in­structed our For- eign Af­fairs min­istries to com­mence dis­cus­sions to de­velop a spe­cial frame­work,” he said.

Zuma con­demned the rise of ter­ror­ism. He re­it­er­ated the need for joint re­gional and con­ti­nen­tal ef­fort to­wards coun­ter­ing vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism. Zuma said they have agreed with Kenya to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive to busi­ness.

Yes­ter­day evening, hun­dreds of busi­ness­men from both coun­tries were to meet. Kenya is push­ing for the re­moval of bar­ri­ers to move­ment of peo­ple and goods. Uhuru said South Africa has agreed to con­sider a re­quest that Kenyans be granted visas on ar­rival.

A sim­i­lar priv­i­lege is al­ready ex­tended to South Africans vis­it­ing Kenya.

UHURU SAID THEY HAVE SIGNED AN AGREE­MENT FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S IN­VEST­MENT IN LAPSSET PROJECT

/HEZRON NJOROGE

South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma be­fore he laid a wreath at the Jomo Keny­atta Mau­soleum in Parliament Build­ings grounds yes­ter­day

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South Africa’s Min­is­ter of Po­lice Nkosi­nathi Nh­leko and Kenya’s In­te­rior CS Joseph Nkaissery ex­change agree­ments on po­lice co­op­er­a­tion as Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta look on yes­ter­day. The sign­ing cer­e­mony took place at State House, Nairobi

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