Boris Johnson spends St Patrick’s Day in Kenya

Boris Johnson in Kenya
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stops at an M-Pesa shop for refreshments during his visit to Kenya. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has spent St Patrick’s Day in Kenya where he explored how the UK is working with Kenya in a number of areas including conservation, security and development.

He began his day in the UNESCO World Heritage site at Lewa to see first hand how the UK supports for conservation and communities in the region. There, he met with Tusk Director of Programmes Sarah Watson to discuss the conservation projects and anti-poaching measures supported by the charity of which Prince William is Royal Patron.

He also saw UK and Kenyan troops taking part in training exercises together and spoke to Kenyan forces who have recently returned from Somalia.

He also awarded a “Long Service Good Conduct” medal to Mohamed Shan at the British Training Unitin Nanyuki.

As he continued his packed day, Mr Johnson visited State House in Nairobi for a meeting with President Kenyatta during which he handed over seven ambulances from the proceeds of the Smith and Ouzman case.

Later, the Foreign Secretary met with Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amina Mohamed. During their meeting, they discussed bilateral issues including security, trade, investment, tourism and scholarships among other topics.

In a press conference following the meeting, Mr Johnson reiterated the UK’s commitment to supporting Kenya on jobs, security and development.

This evening, Mr Johnson attended a reception which will highlight technological innovations in Kenya.

At the event, Johnson reminisced about visiting Kenya as a child, said the country has changed immensely over the years.

“I first came to Kenya when I was 12 years-old. I watched President Jomo Kenyatta making a speech to a crowd of people,” he said.

“More tourists need to visit Kenya. The change and progress in Kenya is very moving,” the Foreign Secretary said.

He also cited that 65 per cent of coffee consumed in London comes from Kenya and that following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union last year, the country now has an opportunity to open up further trade with the country.

During his trip to East Africa, Mr Johnson has so far visited Somalia and Ethiopia.