Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Wednesday described the relationship between Malawi and Kenya as very strong historical dating back to the late Dr. Kamuzu Banda era.
Kibaki made the remarks at Civic Centre in Lilongwe after the Lilongwe City Council conferred him citizen of the city status a few minutes after his arrival in the country through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) for a two-day State visit.
The Kenyan President said he, together with other Africans was greatly inspired by Dr. Kamuzu Banda in the United Kingdom where the Africans implored the Malawi founder to come home and lead his people to freedom from colonialism.
“The relationship between Malawi and Kenya is very beautiful and as far as I can remember it was when I was studying economics in the United Kingdom that I visited Dr. Kamuzu Banda as a student,” said Kibaki, adding, “And because he had displayed a passion to liberate his people, we all encouraged him to go home and led the country.”
President Kibaki said he felt greatly honored to be in the country to visit President Joyce Banda before he leaves office in two months to come.
He said Kenya had always been friendly to all the past regimes in Malawi and that the east African country would strengthen her ties even more with President Joyce Banda’s regime.
“We want to develop closer relationship and understanding with Malawi and I want you all to understand that every one of us here will take home the great honor and prestige you have accorded us,” said Kibaki gesturing to the delegation that accompanied him.
President Kibaki is scheduled to hold talks with President Banda, he will also meet Kenyans leaving in Malawi among other things.