Ms. Jane Marriot, the new British High Commissioner to Nairobi on Tuesday presented her credentials to President Uhuru Kenyatta marking the start of her diplomatic tenure in Nairobi.
Ms Marriott, the first female British envoy to Kenya, is the successor to Nic Hailey whose five-year tenure ended in June, 2019.
The former Director of International Counter Terrorism & former Ambassador to Yemen was seen as the best replacement even as the war on terror intensifies in the horn of Africa. However, other issues such as corruption cannot be wished away and as such couldn’t escape the talk yesterday.
She didn’t mince her words as she represented Britain’s position saying that corrupt Kenyans and State officials face possible asset seizures and future travel restrictions to the European country.
“We stand today as two vibrant and modern countries, crucial to the success of our respective regions and with important roles in the Commonwealth and in supporting the rules-based international system,” Ms Marriott said.
The UK last year agreed to fund expansion of the counter improvised explosive device training facility at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Nairobi set to be completed in November next year.
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