National Assembly speaker Moses Wetangula has dispelled any doubts that President William Ruto’s government might moderate existing ties with the People’s Republic of China.
In a statement issued by Wetangula shortly after a meeting with Beijing top diplomat to Nairobi Zhou Pingjian, whom he described as “Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China” the House Speaker instead confirmed that the new administration will seek to expand and grow relations with the East Asian economic powerhouse.
“I assured the Ambassador that the new administration of President William Ruto has no plans whatsoever to scale down our collaboration with the People’s Republic of China,” he said
The speaker reiterated that there should be no doubt particularly as regards the direction the relations between the two countries will take, describing China as “one of the most important national development partners for Kenya.”
He acknowledged with appreciation that the Chinese government has over the years, especially in the last decade, extended considerable support to Kenya’s infrastructure development.
At the National Assembly where he leads, the Speaker disclosed that lawmakers “will pursue robust engagements” to enhance existing relations. He further indicated that there will be exchange of high level visits between the two sides aimed at deepening Sino-Kenya cooperation toward mutually beneficial outcomes.
“(I am) delighted that China is also seeking to further enhance our strategic economic partnership, and people-people relations,” he said
During the meeting, Ambassador Zhou delivered a congratulatory message to Wetangula for his recent election as Speaker from the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, H.E. Li Zhanshu.