By Watchdog reporter
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, the first Head of State to visit Juba after the recent clashes has told the South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir to stick to the implementation of the comprehensive peace agreement earlier signed in the country.
Uhuru told President Kiir to implement reforms including security arrangements provided for in the peace agreement.
Mr Kenyatta said his visit, besides focusing on the peace process, was to show solidarity with the people of South Sudan.
“We are here to offer the people of South Sudan our support both moral and material,” Uhuru said when he addressed a joint media briefing with Kiir at State House, Juba.
He urged his counterpart to put efforts to ensure that the people of South Sudan are spared the agony of endless conflicts
“You did not seek independence to fight each other. We will continue encouraging you to ensure there is peace in South Sudan,” the President said.
On his part, President Kiir said the Kenyan leader’s visit was symbolic as it shows that the regional leadership has not forsaken South Sudan.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit is the first by a Head of State after our crisis and it shows the regional leadership is with us,” said the South Sudanese leader.
President Kiir said the country is calm and that the government is running smoothly.
The South Sudan leader later hosted a luncheon in honour of his guest before President Kenyatta departed to Nairobi.