Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Rwanda where he is also attending the National Leadership Retreat, Umwiherero, that concludes tomorrow.
“I have come to see how you work; I am impressed and want to replicate it.” Kenyatta told delegates at the 16th National Leadership Retreat.
“I would like to come and see how you people run the affairs of Rwanda. And I must say that indeed I am quite impressed, to the point that I am going to copy this,” he said.
Kenyatta who highly values the cooperation between his country and Rwanda, observed that it is one of the best relationships, “in terms of our linkages.”
“We are brothers and sisters, bound to the hip and as leaders, our role is to continue to see how we can deepen that”.
He said the good will both leaders have for their people would help in fixing the existing challenges both countries face.
“We have challenges, but I am convinced that with good will, and good intentions, which is what we have for our people, we will resolve even those challenges that are ahead of us,” he said.
He observed that Rwanda alone will not make it, Kenya alone will not make it, “but together we have a huge and tremendous potential of growing prosperity for our people and our countries.”
Kenyatta is a close friend to Kagame.
They have always had candid and jovial moments and has been open about the way he considers Kagame’s government. He is very impressed by Rwanda’s ranking in the Ease of Doing business by the World Bank.
He however said that he is determined to overtake Rwanda in these rankings.
Rwanda ranked position 29, from last year’s 41 while Kenya registered the biggest jump, from last year’s position 80 to 61 this year.
“I keep telling my brother today I am fighting hard to overtake him in terms of ease of doing business and he keeps telling me: do your best!,” President Kenyatta said.
Without hiding his excitement, Kenyatta commended Rwanda for its performance; “ We are really proud of the manner in which Rwanda has turned around from a country that was on its knees to one of the brightest stars on the African continent.”