Key winning points from Uhuru's meeting with SA's Jacob Zuma

Alicia Farmer
January 14, 2018

Zuma and Kenyatta then told journalists that they had discussed a number of issues, which included deepening and strengthening relationships between the countries.

On his part, Kenyatta said his meeting with Zuma included talks on working together "for the mutual prosperity of our people", and improving connectivity on the African continent, which he said was critical to industrial development. There has been widespread speculation that Ramaphosa and his allies are lobbying ANC members to oust Zuma as head of state in the coming weeks, but he made no mention of Zuma's future.

On the agreed visit, President Kenyatta said: "We have laid the groundwork for my State visit sometime in the first quarter of this year. I have had the opportunity to brief [President Zuma] on South Sudan", he said, adding that the leaders also discussed the slave trade of African migrants in Libya. "We look forward to concluding and signing various agreements".

African National Congress president Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the national executive committee's January 8 Statement in East London on Saturday, with the central theme being unity.

The ANC today held its birthday celebrations in East London where it was commemorating its formation in 1912.

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Kenyatta congratulated Ramaphosa with his "victory" of being elected as ANC president in December. "We want to see how political parties in Africa can cooperate", President Kenyatta said.

ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule has described as fake news claims that President Jacob Zuma has put down conditions in exchange for his resignation.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is on a highly-publicised trip down South, a trip that started on a slightly bad footing after a major security lapse.

But Ramaphosa's election win has injected a sense of optimism that the ANC, which has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994, could win back the trust of voters and investors disillusioned with Zuma's rule.

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