Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday evening attended the African National Congress (ANC) dinner on the eve of the party's birthday celebration.

Zuma said the two leaders' meeting included a number of "consultations", adding that he was looking forward to Kenyatta's state visit in the first half of the year.

"We open our doors for Kenyans to come to SA, and they must open their doors for South Africans to go to Kenya", Ramaphosa said.

Kenyatta said they seek to increase connectivity between South Africans and Kenyans, and that there was an understanding that the future of Africans are "tied at the hip".

The BBC reported Ramaphosa, who was elected to replace Zuma as party leader, said the ANC had become "deeply divided through factionalism, patronage and corruption".

"The economy of Kenya can not succeed if the economy of South Africa fails, and the economy of South Africa can not succeed if Kenya's economy fails", he said.

He said the two countries have a lot to share in exploitation and development of natural resources for the benefit of their citizens.

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"And we hope that with this visit we will continue to deepen the relationship and strengthen the bonds between our two parties and the peoples of Kenya and South Africa".

While calling for the unity of the party, he noted ANC has produced many people who spent their adult lives in service to the people of South Africa.

On its part, South Africa has a long history of mining gold and diamonds, among other minerals, and Kenya can gain a lot from the experience and expertise.

Later President Kenyatta met officials of the African National Congress (ANC).

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses Jubilee politicians at State House on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

He emphasised that the new ANC leadership was acutely aware that it needed a programme of renewal so that South Africans could again trust that it was fit to rule the country. "Their presence have extended good and warm relations between ANC and Jubilee party", Ramaphosa said.

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

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