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Uhuru Kenyatta and African Diplomacy

Nicodemus Minde-@decolanga Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta seems to be a man on a mission to open up Kenya in the diplomatic circles. When he took oath of office in April 9, 2013, Mr. Kenyatta has conducted his diplomatic business very well (Read my analysis on Uhuru's FP). Unlike the prevision administrations, Uhuru Kenyatta is asserting Kenya's foreign policy and opening up the country to the world especially to Africa. During his inauguration, he stressed the need for fostering the East African Community ties. The East African national anthem was even played during the swearing in ceremony despite many of the Kenyan people not knowing it. He quickly forged close ties with Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzania's president and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda who spoke on behalf of the invited Heads of State and Government during the swearing in ceremony. Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi soon after paid President Kenyatta a courtesy visit at State House. Early this month, he also met with …

Membe speaks on China-Africa Relations

Via The Citizen Tanzania's Foreign Affairs minister Bernard Membe has downplayed criticism from Western countries over China-Africa relations. Mr Membe, who was speaking on Monday at the opening of a forum on China-Africa relations at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), noted that some western media and their countries were criticising relations between the continent and the Asian country. The forum, with the theme: “Chinese Dream, African Dream: Achieving Common Development Through Joint Efforts,” was meant to brainstorm on how the two parties could mutually benefit from their relations.
The West has been arguing that African countries would not benefit from the relations because China was not considering promotion of human rights and democracy on the continent. However, Mr Membe reiterated that China-Africa relations provided several benefits to the continent, giving an example of the construction of the Tanzania Zambia Railway (Tazara). The railway had been play…