Mozambicans can now travel to Kenya without the hassle of getting a visa as that is no longer a requirement to visit the country noted Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta.
In an announcement at a Mozambique state dinner held in Kenyatta’s honor, the President stated that he is scrapping visa requirements for the people of Mozambique.
Mozambique Citizens will no longer require a Visa to get into Kenya. Our forefathers fought for political liberation. It falls upon us to ensure the artificial boundaries created by colonial masters are removed & our people are free to travel,do business & marry without obstacles pic.twitter.com/J0kNAElYjr
— President of Kenya (@PresidentKE) March 30, 2018
He added that seasoned speakers of Kiswahili, a lingua Franca of some Eastern and Southern African countries existed in Kenya and Mozambique and this is an added responsibility on both countries to promote Swahili, which is now officially an African Union (AU) language.
Other Kenya-visa free African countries are Botswana, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. However, citizens from these countries are only permitted a 90 days stay in Kenya.
Meanwhile, citizens of Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya can travel freely between their respective nations by using the National Identification Cards.
Trade between Kenya and Mozambique has continued to register steady growth over the years, with Kenya’s total export to Mozambique increasing from $ 6.61 million in 2007 to $ 11.8 million in 2017.
This announcement by Kenyatta comes barely eight days after the Unified Continental Trade Agreement by 44 African countries including Kenya and Mozambique.
This African trade deal is the worlds largest free trade since the 1995 World Trade Organization. The unified trade ensures that all African Union countries involved would share in the welfare gains estimated to be about 2.64 percent of the continental GDP of $65 billion in 2018.