Seychelles political leaders have praised President Uhuru Kenyatta, describing him as a visionary leader who has effectively voiced the African agenda in the global arena.
The leaders, including Seychelles National Assembly Speaker Roger Mancienne, Leader of Government Business in Parliament Bernard Georges, and Opposition Leader Sebastien Pillay, commended President Kenyatta for a leading role in championing the interests of the continent.
The Seychelles National Assembly Speaker pointed out that Kenyans and Seychellois have enjoyed strong ties since time immemorial, adding that as close neighbours, the two countries should enhance their partnership in ensuring peace, stability, and regional development for the mutual benefit of their citizens.
"We acknowledge the new ties of cooperation forged in commerce, maritime security, and climate change action. We are sure that your visit will strengthen them for posterity," said Mr. Mancienne.
On his part, Seychelles' Leader of Government Business in Parliament said the people of Seychelles valued Kenya as a close partner in their country's socio-economic progress.
"Kenya has always been a source of many foods consumed in our country, including apples and butter. It has also been a source of employment for many Seychellois who aspire for a better life than these small islands can offer.
"Sporting exchanges were common, and finally, seeing as we are today assembled in a political Chamber, it would be remiss of me if I failed to mention that your country was the training ground for multiple politicians of several generations," he said.
Opposition Leader Mr. Pillay applauded President Kenyatta's democratic credentials and urged him to continue spearheading the cause of the African continent even as he plans to hand over leadership after the coming general elections.
"I see you as a great son of Africa, someone that can carry the voice of Africa much further and should do so because we need leaders like you.
"Leaders that are prepared to stand by values, the values that make us who we are, the values that represent us. What is most important to us is ensuring that our people benefit by making the African continent an economic force. This force is to be reckoned with, a force that recognizes the natural resources that we have should best be used to benefit our people," Mr. Pillay said.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.