All African nationals will receive a visa upon arrival in Kenya, says President Kenyatta.
Kenya is the latest nation to officially scrap visa requirements for African nationals.
President Uhuru Kenyatta made the announcement during his inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, with leaders from Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, Gabon, Uganda, Zambia, Somalia and elsewhere present, reports Pulse.
"For my fellow Africans, the free movement of people on our continent has always been a cornerstone of Pan-African brotherhood and fraternity," said Kenyatta. "Today, I am directing that any African wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive a visa at the port of entry." Adding that the move will help promote social and diplomatic openness between African nations as well as support growth and trade.
"The freer we are to travel and live with one another, the more integrated and appreciative of our diversity, we will become. The political balkanization that risks our mutual security, the negative politics of identity, will recede as our brotherhood expands to embrace more Africans."
According to Pulse, Kenya joins Namibia, Benin, Rwanda, Ghana, Mauritius, Nigeria, Seychelles and more who have all scrapped visa rules in favor of intercontinental travelers.
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