Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has urged East African governments to follow Kenya’s lead and eliminate visa requirements for Africans visiting their countries.
Gachagua, speaking yesterday January 12, 2024, at the 60th Anniversary of the Zanzibar Revolution, emphasized the need to reject colonialist-defined limits and embrace a borderless Africa to achieve socioeconomic progress.
“We reject being defined by the boundaries of colonialists. That is why Kenya has removed Visa requirements for Africans visiting our nation,” said Gachagua during the event.
Gachagua highlighted the potential benefits of easing movement, stating that it would enhance seamless trade under the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement and other collaborations for the benefit of the people of Africa.
“A Visa-free regime is also an enabler to the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, which Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania are party to. Indeed, Tanzania is our leading export market, but we can do more in balancing trade,” he added.