Kenya: Theresa May’s Thursday Visit to Kenya Key in Strengthening UK Relations

May, in a first visit by a British premier in 30 years will arrive in the country on Thursday for bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.


“I am proud to be leading this ambitious trip to Africa and to become the first UK Prime Minister in over 30 years to visit Kenya,” PM May said.

The last time a British PM visited Kenya was in 1988 when Margaret Thatcher called on then President Daniel arap Moi.

United Kingdom ambassador to Kenya Nic Hailey says the visit will strengthen the partnership between the two countries, more so on security and the war on graft.

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“Delighted that UK Prime Minister Theresa May will be in Kenya this week. The visit will deliver investment, strengthen UK-Kenya partnerships in security and development and support the crucial fight against corruption. Looking forward!,” he said in a post on his twitter handle.

A statement posted on the UK Government website states that the two leaders will discuss on how British soldiers training in Kenya and other African countries can acquire techniques needed to identify and destroy improvised explosive devices before they go to fight Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

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Kenya has over the years lost tens of security personnel to improvised explosive devices attacks by the Al-Shabaab terrorists.

“The Prime Minister’s central message will be focused on a renewed partnership between the UK and Africa, which will seek to maximise shared opportunities and tackle common challenges in a continent that is growing at a rapid pace – from the Sahara to South Africa,” reads a section of the statement.

May is also set to visit Nigeria and South Africa, in what she has termed as an ambitious trip to Africa, as the UK moves towards Brexit.

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“As we prepare to leave the European Union, now is the time for the UK to deepen and strengthen its global partnerships,” she asserted.


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