Kiir in Kenya for Ruto’s presidential inauguration

Kiir upon his arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the Kenyan Capital City Nairobi yesterday, (Courtesy photo: Presidential Press Unit)

By Bida Elly David

President Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday left for Nairobi, Kenya to attend the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected 5th Kenyan President, William Samoei Ruto.

President Kiir’s departure came following a special invitation from the president –elect William Ruto few weeks after he was democratically elected by the citizens to succeed his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta who shall in few hours hand over office according to the encyclicals defined in the constitution.

President Kiir was accompanied by a number of ministers from the national government who shall witness Ruto’s matriculation into the presidency.

On the 9th -8-2022, the Kenyan national election body Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared William Ruto the 5th President of the Republic of Kenya after a battle of hotly contested elections for the top seat against his competitor, Raila Odinga who lost the presidential victory with few votes during the democratic elections.

The content of the invitation extended to President Kiir stated that Kenya and South Sudan share a long standing relationship unpinned by strong economic cooperation, bonds of heritage and shared destiny that defined the two sisterly countries with undivided intimacy in variety of areas.

Historically, South Sudan and Kenya have contributed much into the development of each state through economic, political and cultural dimensions.

Kenya has invested much in banking system in South Sudan where most young men and women pursued open chances of trainings and employments through wide experiences. At the same time, South Sudan guaranteed recruitment of most technical Kenyans as senior staff for consultancy jobs defining another key role of intimacy between the two Countries.

However, the line of trading between the two countries has been one of the elements that annexed their bilateral relationship as most goods imported from Japan to South Sudan through Kenya underwent friendly custom duties.

In a statement seen by No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper on the official Presidential Facebook page yesterday, the visit of President Kiir to Kenya would create an opportunity to assess and strengthen the already existing cordial ties on key strategic cooperation between the two countries.

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