The UK High Commissioner for Kenya, Nic Hailey, today addressed the Laikipia County Assembly.
His first meeting was with Governor Joshua Irungu and County Commissioner Onesmus Musyoki in their respective offices.
With Kenya readying for a General Election next year, Mr Hailey called on politicians to refrain from acts or utterances that may cause tension, urging them to campaign peacefully, focusing on issues which matter most to their constituents.
“Where the security of legally acquired land tenure is called into question, investors hear a clear message — that they should take their business elsewhere.”
– UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey
Mr Hailey also warned that insecurity could affect tourism with visitors seeking alternative destinations.
Later, speaking at the Laikipia County Assembly in Nanyuki, Mr Hailey urged political parties not to allow members who have engaged in hate speech or incitement to contest for elective offices.
Expressing his concern over recent violence and invasion of private land in Laikipia County, the High Commissioner said it was worrying that the security of legally acquired land tenure is questioned.
“Let me call on political parties to refrain from nominating for office any member who have engaged in hate speech or in the provocation of violence or disorder for political ends.” – UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey
Everyone in the county and its neighbourhood, Mr Hailey added, should focus on resolving disputes through dialogue.