House Speaker László Kövér has travelled to Kenya on an official visit at the invitation of Moses Masika Wetangula, Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya.
According to MTI, Kövér is the first house speaker to visit Kenya since the 1989/90 democratic transition. Prior to his bilateral talks, Kövér delivered an address to Hungarians living in Nairobi at an event hosted by the Hungarian embassy to mark the upcoming March 15 national holiday. In his speech, Kövér drew a parallel between Hungary’s 1848/49 revolution and freedom fight and Kenya’s liberation from colonial oppression and becoming independent sixty years ago. “March 15 is for us, Hungarians, irrespective of where we live in the world, the birthday of our freedom in modern times,” Kövér said. He asked the event’s participants to “tell your Kenyan friends that March 15 is the celebration of freedom of a country that had never had the ambition to colonise any other country in its thousand-year history in Europe”. “March 15 is a celebration of a nation that has been treated as a colony within Europe many times. But the Hungarian nation has always resisted such attempts and, even at the cost of sacrifices and suffering, it has always defended its own freedom,” Kövér said.