Nic Hailey meets security chiefs in Laikipia following Kuki Gullmann shooting

Nic Hailey
British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey

The UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, held a crisis meeting with security officials in Laikipia yesterday as unrest in the county remained high following the murder of former British officer Tristan Voorspuy and the shooting of world famous conservationist Kuki Gallmann.

Following the meeting with County Commissioner Onesmas Musyoki and police officers in Nanyuki Town, Mr Hailey blamed politicians for the violence, saying: “Young people, especially men, are being misused by politicians. They occupy private land and end up destroying property.

“Meat production has the potential to grow the local economy but violence will destroy such plans,” he added.

The High Commissioner also revealed the British Government, already one of Kenya’s biggest donors spending up to Ksh40 billion annually, have promised to support development of the livestock industry in northern Kenya as way of creating jobs, although he didn’t disclose the amount which would be channelled into the project.