ANC hosts Gala Dinner ahead of 106th birthday celebration

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto

Since becoming ANC president in December‚ Ramaphosa has preached unity in the party‚ constantly saying that competing factions before the December conference should now come together.

President Kenyatta will be present in South Africa for some time and will attend the ANC birthday celebrations that will take place this weekend.

The Kenyan leader arrived in the country on Thursday afternoon on a three-day visit, which marks his first foreign trip since he was sworn-in for his second and final term as Kenyan president last November.

According to a statement from Kenyatta's office, he would meet with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday.

On Saturday, he will attend African National Congress's party 106th anniversary celebrations before jetting back to the country.

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He said the message of unity that Ramaphosa has been delivering is one that resonates well, not only with South Africans but also with other parties on the African continent.

"We have also had the opportunity to discuss regional issues that are to do with mutual interest, matters of peace and security".

South Africa and Kenya enjoy warm bilateral relations underpinned by strong historical and political bonds. Ramaphosa said there is a lot to learn on agriculture from Kenya, as they play a leading role on the continent in agriculture.

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