State House reveals the surprise foreign guest at Today's Madaraka Day celebrations

This year's celebrations will be held at Meru county's Kinoru Stadium.

According to State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu Mr Mabuza will grace the Madaraka Day festivities as well as hold several meetings with President Uhuru Kenyatta and other leaders.

He will at the same time hold bilateral relations as well as establish contacts with other political leaders.

"He is coming to discuss bilateral issues and establish party-to-party relations (with the Jubilee Party)," Mr Esipisu told The Nation.

"It is envisaged that President Kenyatta and Deputy President Mabuza will discuss issues of mutual concern including the proposed reform initiatives of the African Union, the ongoing security challenges in South Sudan and Somalia, as well as mutually beneficial economic opportunities between the two countries," a statement from the South Africa Presidency said.

SA-Kenya relations

Mabuza's visit comes a few months after President Kenyatta's state visit to South Africa in January this year where he was hosted by the then Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who has since taken over from the former head of state Jacob Zuma.

President Kenyatta at the time revealed the two leaders discussed various issues aimed at seeking to foster prosperity and movement of the people of the two countries.

President Ramaphosa on his part said the two countries have a lot to share in exploitation and development of natural resources for the benefit of their citizens.

“We have a common heritage as people of Africa. What we need to do is to develop that relationship to a higher level to benefit our peoples and countries,” he stated.

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