Boris Johnson tours Laikipia and pledges Ksh500 million in drought aid

Boris Johnson in Kenya
Boris Johnson and CS Mohamed at a press conference during the British Foreign Secretary's visit to Kenya. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

On Friday, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that the UK is ready to support Kenya in dealing with the drought affecting the region.

Speaking at a press conference after touring Laikipia, Mr Johnson confirmed that the UK will donate over Ksh500 million to compliment Kenya’s efforts towards mitigating the current drought.

“The UK will give out 4 million pounds to aid malnourished children as well as tackle drought effects,” he said.

Laikipia county in the wake of numerous attacks in the recent months with armed cattle herders, searching for scarce pasture which has led them to drive tens of thousands of cattle into private farms and ranches.

Mr Johnson’s visit comes nearly two weeks after British army veteran Tristan Voorspuy was killed on in the area while inspecting his lodges which had been torched by invaders.

Voorspuy’s body was left at the scene for more than 24 hours with the situation being too dangerous to attempt the recovery of his body.