President Kenyatta assures Zimbabwe of Kenya’s support to get sanctions lifted


President Kenyatta assures Zimbabwe of Kenya's support to get sanctions lifted
President Uhuru Kenyatta after a meeting with Zimbabwe's special envoy Air Chief Marshal (Rtd) Perence Shiri at State House, Nairobi, on February 6, 2019. PHOTO | PSCU

In Summary

  • President Kenyatta noted that the sanctions were holding Zimbabwe back, undermining its efforts to effectively serve its citizens.
  • The President spoke on Wednesday at State House, Nairobi, when he received a special message from President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe.
  • The special message was delivered by President Mnangagwa’s special envoy, Air Chief Marshal (Rtd) Perence Shiri.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured Zimbabwe of Kenya’s support to ensure that the sanctions imposed on the southern Africa nation are lifted.

President Kenyatta noted that the sanctions were holding Zimbabwe back, undermining its efforts to effectively serve its citizens.

“Imposing sanction is like tying somebody’s hands and feet, they cannot move. We will give our support to bring back Zimbabwe to the global platform,” President Kenyatta said.

The President spoke on Wednesday at State House, Nairobi, when he received a special message from President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe.

The special message was delivered by President Mnangagwa’s special envoy, Air Chief Marshal (Rtd) Perence Shiri who briefed President Kenyatta on the situation in Zimbabwe and called for Kenya’s support to get the sanctions lifted.

Air Chief Marshal (Rtd) Shiri said the Zimbabwe government was doing everything it could to address the challenges facing the country.

The special envoy said that plans are underway to ensure that those who lost property during the “land reform programme,” will be compensated.

The “land reform programme” led to Zimbabwe’s international isolation and sanctions from the US and EU.

The envoy commended President Kenyatta’s leadership, saying it has enhanced bilateral relations between Kenya and Zimbabwe as well as many other nations across the continent.

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