The visiting Kenyan Prime Minister, Mr. Raila Odinga, says Zimbabwe is a sovereign state that is capable of running its internal affairs without outside interference.
Mr. Odinga made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call on the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe at State House to deliver a message from Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, as well as to exchange notes on political and economic developments in the two countries.
Speaking to journalists after a closed-door meeting with Cde Mugabe, Mr. Odinga who was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister, Ms Thokozani Khupe, told journalists that he had a fruitful meeting with the President as they discussed the rough and tough terrain the two countries travelled to dislodge the imperialist regime and the need for the people to guard jealously the gains of independence.
He said Zimbabwe and Kenya share a common history, adding that among issues discussed was how the two countries can assist each other in dealing with the current constitutional and other reforms.
Asked about his view on the inclusive government in Zimbabwe, Mr. Odinga said Zimbabwe is a sovereign state which should make its own decisions not to be dictated to by foreigners.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen what message the Kenyan Prime Minister will deliver to the MDC-T National Congress in Bulawayo.
Odinga has been described by analysts as an epitome of violence known for rising to power in Kenya by sponsoring ethnic clashes that led to the death of many civilians.