President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, took to his twitter handle on Wednesday, 14th of February to congratulate
the embattled President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma for resigning.
He wrote: ‘‘My brother @SAPresident we appreciate and salute you for the role you played in enhancing our friendship with the People of South Africa. We wish you well in your next phase of Service and Leadership. @MYANC has once again reminded us the importance of strong political parties”
Jacob Zuma resigned his office with immediate effect yesterday.
Zuma’s resignation was personally announced in a 30 minute televised broadcast late on Wednesday. He was earlier on Wednesday asked by his party, the ANC to resign or face vote of no confidence in the parliament on Thursday. Announcing his resignation, Zuma thanked South Africans for giving him the opportunity to serve, but faulted the approach of his party in handling the matter. He said he was not afraid of vote of no confidence by the parliament but felt he had done his best to the people of South Africa.
Zuma was elected president in 2009 and won was due to end his second term tenure in office in 2019 before his resignation. Meanwhile, shortly after his resignation, his party, ANC, said Zuma’s exit will give fresh hope to the Zuma Africans. The 75 year old former president has been battling series of corruption allegations and had survived different vote of no confidence in the parliament within the last eight years.