Boris Johnson chooses Kenya Airways over British Airways for Somalia trip

Boris Johnson on Kenya Airways
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson with Captain Irene Kiki Mutungi and Fiona aboard their Kenya Airways flight. Photo: Twitter/ms_koki

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson chose to fly with Kenya Airways over British Airways for his journey to Somalia yesterday.

Captain Irene Koki Mutungi, the first African female pilot to become certified as a Captain of the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft Tweeted a photo of herself and her colleague Fiona with the Foreign Secretary as he arrived in Kenya.

Mr Johnson was en route to his first visit to Mogadishu ahead of the Somalia Conference in London on 11 May 2017. During his trip, he met with Somali President Abdullahi Farmaajo and Prime Minister Khayre to discuss the drought affecting large areas of east and west Africa and how the two countries are working together to improve the security situation to allow the economic development that can help reduce the country’s vulnerability to natural crises.

He also watched demonstrations of the training that the British Military are providing to Somali National Army (SNA) and African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) forces and saw how the UN is organising its response to the devastating drought in the region.

The Foreign Secretary also found out how UK Aid is reaching more than a million people with lifesaving food, water and emergency healthcare as well as meeting regional leaders and newly elected Somali MPs.