President Kenyatta has in a new directive to the Immigration department directed the agency to make visa available to Africans on arrival in Kenya.
The president issued the directive on Tuesday during his swearing in ceremony at the Moi Safaricom Sports Stadium, Kasarani.
“Today, I am directing that any African wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive a visa at the port of entry,” Mr Kenyatta said.
He added that the move will boost trade and security, increase appreciation for African diversity and reduce divisive politics on the continent.
Reacting to the directive, the African Union Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat hailed the new policy urging other African countries to follow in Kenya’s footsteps.
He made the statement through his twitter handle congratulating Kenya on the “historic decision” in Africa.
“I urge all African states that have not yet done so to take similar measures towards the free movement for all Africans across Africa.”
Kenya becomes the first country to allow Africans to get visas on arrival.