All Africans visiting Kenya will be issued with a visa on arrival, President Kenyatta announced on Tuesday.
President Kenyatta made the announcement shortly after he took oath of office at his swearing-in ceremony for his second and final term.
“Today, I am directing that any African wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive a visa at the port of entry,” the President said at the filled Kasarani Stadium in the country’s capital where thousands had gathered to witness his swearing in.
According to the president, this move will boost trade and security; increase appreciation for African diversity and reduce negative politics on the continent.
“For my fellow Africans, the free movement of people on our continent has always been a cornerstone of Pan-African brotherhood and fraternity. The freer we are to travel and live with one another, the more integrated and appreciative of our diversity, we will become,” he said.
Mr Kenyatta also added that citizens of countries in the East African Community will be treated like Kenyans when they visit the country adding that individuals from within the EAC will need only their identity cards to work, do business, own property and farm in Kenya.
The ceremony marked the end of an electoral process that started on August 8.
The country’s Supreme Court annulled the results of the August vote ordering a new vote within three months. The re-run was set for October 26th. The opposition leader Raila Odinga boycotted the re-run which Kenyatta won with 98%.
Several regional heads of state attended the inauguration amid tight security even as the country attempted to move forward.