France’s President Emmanuel Macron, right, meets with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on his arrival at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Macron is visiting Kenya Wednesday, after stops in Ethiopia and Djibouti on Tuesday, as part of his latest Africa visit aimed at shoring up military and economic ties in an increasingly strategic region. (Khalil Senosi/Associated Press)

French President lands in Kenya

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

France’s President Emmanuel Macron, right, meets with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on his arrival at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Macron is visiting Kenya Wednesday, after stops in Ethiopia and Djibouti on Tuesday, as part of his latest Africa visit aimed at shoring up military and economic ties in an increasingly strategic region. (Khalil Senosi/Associated Press)
France’s President Emmanuel Macron, right, meets with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on his arrival at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Macron is visiting Kenya Wednesday, after stops in Ethiopia and Djibouti on Tuesday, as part of his latest Africa visit aimed at shoring up military and economic ties in an increasingly strategic region. (Khalil Senosi/Associated Press)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, March 13, arrived in Kenya for a two-day historic visit aimed at expanding French business, cultural and environmental ties in the African country.

A plane carrying him touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport few minutes past 2pm (local time). Thereafter, he went to State House where he inspected a guard of honor preceded by 21-gun salute.

President Kenyatta expressed his delight about the visit saying that Kenya and France would continue to enjoy a cordial relationship.

“I am delighted to welcome my friend President Emmanuel Macron of the Republic of France at the State House, Nairobi. Kenya and France maintain cordial relationships that have allowed stimulating growth in different sectors in the benefit of our people,” says a post on his Facebook account.

It is understood that Kenyatta will use the opportunity to woo France to help the country in fight against terrorism. The French Head of State is expected to sign a series of agreements with his Kenyan counterpart as he eyes reasserting its power on African as a continent.

The agreements are the Big Four Agenda on food, security, universal health coverage, affordable housing and manufacturing. Others are Central Railway Station, Energy projects and plant health programmes.

Before landing in Kenya, he had visited Djibouti and Ethiopia in a bid to counter China’s influence in Africa.

He is expected to attend a United Nations Environmental Assembly on Thursday and tour the Nairobi Railway Station.

Macron is the first French President to visit Kenya since independence.

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