On Wednesday evening, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, hosted a reception at his residence in Nairobi for the visiting Commonwealth Parliamentary Association group which includes the Right Honourable Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top and the Right Honourable Lord Steel of Aikwood.
Former Liberal Party leader Lord Steel has a long standing connection with Kenya having spent four years in the country as a boy following his family’s relocation to East Africa in 1949 when he was eleven. His father, the Very Reverend David Steel was minister of St Andrew’s church in Nairobi for eight years until 1957.
The move was a welcome change from life in post-war Scotland for David and his four younger siblings who recalled his time in Kenya as “very happy”.
“We had exciting adventures with elephants, I had a pet monkey, the sun was always shining and there was wonderful food to eat, especially all that amazing African fruit. It was just wonderful and totally different to what we had been used to at home,” he told the Daily Record in 2007.
Among the guests at last night’s reception was Ken Lusaka, the Kenyan Senate Speaker, who said he had “interesting discussions on how to advance Parliamentary Diplomacy and mainstream best practices.”
Tweeting after the event, Mr Hailey thanked Mr Lusaka “for great exchanges on [the UK and Kenyan] democracies and strengthening parliamentary ties.”
Yesterday, the visiting dignitaries from the UK House of Lords met with Dr Fred Matiangi, Ministry of the Interior Cabinet Secretary for discussions relating to national security, counter terrorism, human rights and electoral reform.