Mingling of official, state and informal diplomacy in Uhuru’s South Africa visit

President Uhuru Kenyatta (right), toasts with South African President Jacob Zuma and ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa during the party’s convention yesterday in South Africa. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • President Kenyatta’s ports of call were the coastal cities of Durban and East London, not the political capital, Pretoria.
  • The pragmatism of Durban and East London aside, a diplomatic-political shift in Kenya-South Africa relations was afoot.

  • For many Kenyans, the fact of President Kenyatta being hosted by a state president and party president may be as clear as mud.

  • Although Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and Principal Secretary Monica Juma were present, their roles were fairly muted.

For his first foreign visit after assuming office for the second and final term, President Uhuru Kenyatta chose South Africa.

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