BY MWAKERA MWAJEFA
African leaders should take the responsibility of protecting and safeguarding the hard won freedom by the founding fathers of the African states to the next generations. President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is on four-day State visit of Mauritius, wants political leaders to ensure that the heritage bequeathed upon them by the freedom fighters is nurtured for the benefit of all citizens.
“We have found you very welcoming, we have managed to visit a number of places and have seen our shared history of struggle which is very similar to our own,” President Kenyatta said after touring different centres of interest.
According to him it is the leadership’s responsibility to protect those hard won freedoms to ensure those liberties are used for the betterment of its people and its continent.
The President was speaking during a state luncheon hosted in his honour by the Acting President of Mauritius Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory at the State House, Le Reduit.
Calling on African leaders to grow stable and prosperous economies capable of helping their citizens to create wealth and fight poverty, Mr Kenyatta expressed hope that Kenya and Mauritius will continue to work together so as to improve the welfare of the citizens of the two nations.
“I believe there are great opportunities that exist to deepen our cooperation in a number of fields and I believe as we move forward we will continue to strongly work together to ensure that we achieve and reach those objectives,” he added.
President Vyapoory said African liberation heroes paid the ultimate price adding that it is now the duty of the current crop of leaders to make their contribution by bettering the welfare of their people.
At the ceremony also attended by Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, the Acting President commended President Kenyatta for his commitment to the economic empowerment of Africans, describing him as ‘a symbol of freedom’.
Earlier, President Kenyatta toured Natec Medical Limited, a company that manufactures medical devices, in Port Louis.
The facility uses latest technology to manufacture, package and export cutting edge devices to over 35 countries across the globe.
The devices manufactured by the company include angioplasty balloon catheters intended for interventional cardiology, interventional radiology, gastroenterology and urology.
President Kenyatta extended his request to the company to consider setting up a similar facility in Kenya to help the government achieve its objective of offering affordable quality healthcare.