Uhuru wins big in UK visit

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a past event
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a past event [PHOTO/ KENYAMOJA]

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s state visit to the United Kingdom has seen Kenya secure immense inter-state benefits after British Prime Boris Johnson, in a joint address with President Kenyatta, broke down UK’s partnership plan for Kenya into five key pillars.

“We will work together across five pillars – mutual prosperity, security and stability, sustainable development, climate change, and people to people,” reads part of the joint statement. The new deal is set to run for five years; from 2020 to 2025.

The Kenyan President also successfully negotiated the putting up of foreign investments worth Ksh170 billion geared towards boosting key economic sectors in the country as well as opening the job market. With regard to mutual prosperity, the UK committed to step-up its breadth in an effort to improve the living standards of Kenyans.

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The second pillar that addressed security and stability emerged as prime as the two leaders undertook to partner in countering terror and cyber threats.  On the third pillar, dubbed sustainable development, the UK pledged to move swiftly to tackle extreme poverty by fostering the strengthening of government systems.

Both governments expressed commitment to the fourth pillar on climate and environmental welfare saying they will deploy expertise and funds towards enhancing renewable energy adaptability, creating green jobs and facilitating peer learning.

On the fifth pillar coined ‘people to people’, the two leaders pledged to develop result-oriented alliances in skills and education.

Shortly after sealing the pact, Uhuru hailed the move as a key basis of improved relations between the two countries.