British High Commissioner Nic Hailey kicked off his third day in Kenya’s coastal region with an appearance on Mombasa’s Islamic radio station Radio Rahma to discuss the work the UK is supporting in the area.
Speaking about co-operation to tackle shared threats, Mr Hailey told listeners that the UK has “a close relationship with Kenya on tackling terrorism,” which he said affects both countries.
Moving on to discuss corruption, the High Commissioner said the UK is providing expert assistance to help tackle the issue in and through a framework agreement, any proceeds of graft found in the UK will be repatriated.
He also told listeners that “Mombasa and the Coast are special to the UK” which is why he said last night’s Queen’s Birthday Party was being help there. “I am committed to deepening our connections for the benefit of the people at the Coast,” he added.
Following his radio appearance, Mr Hailey joined Kenya’s DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) Director George Kinoti and the Director of Public Prosecutions Director Noordin Haji to break ground on a new UK supported Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) at the Coast Regional Police headquarters. The center will serve the Coast region in Combating Terrorism Crimes.
Speaking at the event, Mr Kinoti said: “I thank the British government for its contribution and partnership in our country’s undertakings particularly in security. They have consistently and generously worked closely with us to ensure that we have the right capacity and training to combat terrorism activities.”
“Previous Cooperation between our two countries on training and capacity building has enabled several DCI Kenya officers to receive specialized training related to counter terrorism,” he added.
Continuing his packed day, Mr Hailey then joined Mr Haji and Mr Kinoti for the launch of the new UK Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) supported Women Social Justice Centre in Mombasa with Lady Justice Njoki Ndung’u and representatives from Haki Africa and Sisters for Justice.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Hailey said “There is no lasting peace without justice, no lasting security without justice, no lasting development without justice … justice is key to everything we do … we are proud to be your partners in this centre.”
The High Commissioner and Department for International Development (DfID) Country Head Julius Court then held talks with Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani, Kenya’s six Coast Regional Counties’ Economic Development Organization, on UKaid support for the bloc to create opportunities, bring in more investment, and boost service delivery to the people.
Ending the day in style, the High Commissioner hosted a birthday party in honour of Queen Elizabeth at Tamarind Mombasa.
Celebrating the Kenyan Coastal regions links with the UK, guests were treated to fish and chips, live music, a photo booth and creative art.
The Queen, who turned 93 on Easter Sunday, has two birthdays with her actual and official birthdays celebrated on the 21 April and the second Saturday in June (usually) respectively.