Vice president says Kenya "out of the woods" on visit to Berlin
( dpa ) - Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka sketched a rosy future for the East African country during a three-day visit to Berlin that began Friday with talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Musyoka, who was accompanied by Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula, urged Western tourists to return to Kenya's game reserves and beaches, insisting the country was "out of the woods."
"We have come to Berlin as couriers of good news," he said, insisting that the political violence that followed the December 27 elections was over.
The high-level Kenyan delegation is to visit the ITB international tourism fair - the largest event of its kind in the world - on Saturday to press the message that the country is once again safe to travel to.
Comparing the broad coalition put in place in Nairobi to Germany's coalition government, Musyoka said Kenyan "intends to make a great success of its grand coalition."
He noted that President Mwai Kibaki had reopened parliament Thursday and said the aim was to arrive at a new constitution within a year.
Steinmeier welcomed the agreement reached that allowed government and opposition to work together, saying Germany had played a significant role through its ambassador in bringing the two sides together.
" Kenya is on a good path," he said, highlighting the importance of tourism to the Kenyan economy.