President Uhuru Kenyatta Invited to UK
Kenya is one of the most important of the UK’s international partners. Following the recent presidential election, UK MPs supporting Investing in Development led and took part in a debate at The UK House of Commons (see our post on that here). Our aim was to stress the importance of letting the new leader of Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta, get on with the job and, indeed, remaining trusted friends of the Kenyan people.
While former prime minister Odinga, who lost the election, appealed to the Supreme Court over the election result, it is to his great credit that he has at all times abided by the legal processes, up to and including the Supreme Court’s upholding of the result a couple of days ago. You can read Prime Minister David Camerion’s congratulations to President Uhuru Kenyatta here.
Today, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office kindly let us know that the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary have invited President Kenyatta to attend the Somalia Conference to be held in London this coming Tuesday. This will be a great boost to the many Kenyans living in the UK and it is the very best of news for all UK Citizens and Kenyans alike. It’s especially profound that President Kenyatta’s visit to the UK as president should be to discuss the subject of reconstructing Somalia, in which Kenya has played such a leading role.
We don’t know if the President will be able to attend, but whether he is or not, this is an important moment for Kenya and for the UK. It’s good news all ’round.
We’ll keep you up to date on developments both in respect of the invitation and the Somalia Conference. One thing’s for sure; while the UK is hosting the conference for the best of reasons, Kenya’ s participation will underline that it’s Kenyans, in tandem with other Africans, who because run the show with the region’s issues, big and small.