NAIROBI-- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta have urged fellow African leaders to play their roles for peaceful transfers of power on the continent.

Following their meeting at State House Nairobi Tuesday, the two leaders showed their keen desire to play a role in nurturing a culture of peaceful transfer of power and agreed to dedicate time to grow the culture of smooth transfer of power in their respective countries and radiate a positive spirit among Africans.

Abiy said Kenya and Ethiopia had shown that peaceful transfers of power is possible in Africa. He stressed that continuity is very important for Africa, urging that "incumbent leaders play their roles in permanence of smooth transfers of power across the continent".

Now in Kenya as well in my country Ethiopia, we have shown for the public that peaceful transfer of power is possible. This must also be nurtured to the next generation that the emerging one should know about history, about our vision and they have also to work hard to realize the vision of our founding fathers that would take and connect Africa to the next level.

The Premier had been insisting in his various public speeches that the tendency of leaders and officials craving to hold on to power is an obstacle to democratization and smooth transfers of power.

Recently, Abiy announced that Ethiopia would limit the terms of office for the Prime Minister to two terms and made clear that seizing power for a lifetime had come to a dead end in Ethiopia.

He also promised to incorporate the restriction into the country's Constitution.

The two leaders also emphasized the need to making the vision of founding fathers of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), a reality for the benefit of the people of the continent.

President Kenyatta also stressed the need for African countries to achieve and ultimately bring to reality the vision of the founding fathers, who included his father, Jomo Kenyatta, Ethiopia's Emperor Hailesilase I, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, who laid the foundations for African unity and future growth.

President Kenyata insisted that unity is the key element to achieving the prosperity of Africa. The future of this content lies in our unity, our ability to invest together for the future prosperity of our people. I have full confidence we shall be able to achieve and ultimately bring the vision of our founding fathers to reality.