UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, has condemned the killing of former British army officer Tristan Voorspuy and called on the Kenyan government to increase security in Laikipia County.
According to reports, the father-of-two was shot dead by raiders after he went to inspect the remains of a friend’s home that had been torched by invaders. Attempts by his family to recover his body had to be abandoned due to the security situation in the area.
In a statement published on the British Government’s official website, Mr Hailey said:
“I was deeply saddened by the murder of Tristan Voorspuy, a dual Kenyan/British national shot dead at Sosian ranch in Laikipia yesterday. The British High Commission is in touch with his family to provide support at this difficult time.
“Alongside other international partners, I have repeatedly conveyed to the Kenyan authorities over the past months the United Kingdom’s deep concern at the situation in parts of Laikipia. I have done so again following Mr. Voorspuy’s murder. I welcome the clear commitment at the highest levels to tackle the situation, and continue to urge the Kenyan authorities to take all necessary steps urgently to restore law and order, and to protect life and property in the area.”
Despite safety fears in the area, the Kenyan government on Monday assured international tourists visiting Laikipia that the conservancies and ranches in the county are safe for safari.