Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema has arrived Kenya on his first official trip to Kenya since he took power last year in August.
As part of his constant search for economic opportunities for his people, President Hichilema is meeting President counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta on a two-day bilateral engagement.
“We’ve safely arrived in Nairobi, Kenya. Your Chief Marketing Officer is here to enhance trade and investment opportunities between our two countries and place Zambia on the world map as an ambitious country whose focus is economic development for the people,” he tweeted on arriving in Nairobi.
President Hichilema touched down shortly after midday and was welcomed by Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport before heading to State House for bilateral meetings with his host Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Zambian leader is accompanied by senior government officials including Zambia’s Minister for Commerce, Trade and Industry Chipoka Mulenga and is expected to discuss investments with his hosts.
According to Kenya State House spokesperson Kanze Dena Mararo, Hichilema is expected to visit the innovations incubation laboratory for techies, I-Hub in Nairobi and the Maramba tea factory in Limuru on Thursday.
Hichilema defeated the incumbent Edgar Lungu, 64, by almost one million votes — a landslide spurred by economic hardship and restricted freedoms under the previous regime. That was his sixth attempt at the presidency.