Here are excerpts from Raila’s letter to South Africa’s new president Cyril Ramaphosa: I write on behalf of all overjoyed Kenyans and indeed Africans who were absolutely thrilled today to finally see you take the helm of the great nation of South Africa.
The excitement is particularly strong as there is a conviction that you will restore the bright flame of leadership that has diminished in the land of our dearest Nelson Mandela.
…So your election yesterday is a victory not only for the African National Congress and South Africa but for all those forces across the continent still fighting for the full democratic and economic emancipation of all our people.
…I recall our discussion with Cyril Ramaphosa a year ago when we were preparing to run for the leadership of our respective political parties in Kenya and South Africa.
We both emphasised the imperative of renewed African democratisation as the indispensable base for building a vibrant continental economy with an equitable distribution of wealth as that alone would help contribute to the global movement for moral and ethical leadership.
You now have the opportunity and honour to fulfill that vision, with my full support of course.