Jeremy Hunt arrives in Kenya for final leg of Africa visit

Jeremy Hunt in Kenya
Jeremy Hunt with one of the winners of the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Jeremy Hunt arrived in Kenya on the final leg of his Africa visit and began his day by joining blind athlete Henry Wanyoike for an early morning run.

One of the World’s fasted runners, the Paralympic champion became almost completely blind after suffering a stroke in 1995.

Jeremy Hunt in Kenya
Jeremy Hunt joins blind athlete Henry Wanyoike for an early morning run. Photo: Twitter/Jeremy_Hunt

Mr Hunt also visited Nairobi’s Kibera slums where he spoke to young people with HIV and AIDS who have received support from a charity he set up 15 years ago.

To mark International Press Freedom Day, the Foreign Secretary joined the BBC Africa team for a tour of their new bureau in Nairobi.

Jeremy Hunt in Kenya
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt during his tour of the new BBC Africa bureau in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Posting a video message on Twitter, he said: “If we believe in media freedom as one of the fundamental bastions of a free society then we need to stand up and talk about the dangers that journalists now face.”

Before joining the UK-Kenya Economic Development Forum in Nairobi, Mr Hunt watched as Kenyan entrepreneurs pitched for funding from the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund, and was on hand to congratulate winners.

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Jeremy Hunt congratulates Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund winners, Ten Senses Africa. Photo: Twitter/Jeremy_Hunt

Tweeting about his experience, he said he was ‘channelling his inner dragon’ in reference to the popular UK television show Dragon’s Den in which businesses pitch for funding from wealthy investors.

Mr Hunt also met with Cabinet Secretary Dr Monica Juma and Kenyan High Commissioner to the UK Manoah Esipisu for bilateral talks which focused on trade, investment, climate change, and regional security issues.

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Jeremy Hunt with Dr Monica Juma at a press conference during his visit to Kenya. Photo: Twitter/MEsipisu

Mr Esipisu, who suffered a personal tragedy recently when his brother Frandell passed away, has reported that UK firms were showing a keener interest in investing in Kenya following last year’s visit by Prime Minister Theresa May.

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