Britain is fine with Uhuru presidency

22 03 2013

Members of the British Parliament have expressed their interest to continue working with Kenya ,even with Uhuru Kenyatta as President. Discussing the outcome of the March 4
presidential polls and its implications in the
House of Commons on Thursday, the
legislators said Kenya was a key ally who
should be maintained at all cost. The legislators argued despite Kenyatta and
Deputy President-elect William Ruto facing
charges at the International Criminal Court, the
two governments should continue with their
cordial relations as Kenya was respecting and
working with the court. Contributing to the debate Falkirk MP Eric Joyce
said it was difficult to overstate the importance
of Kenya to the United Kingdom and, indeed,
the wider international community. “Perhaps first and foremost, Kenya is at the
centre of international efforts to ensure the
security of our own citizens. Citizens of Kenya
have played a high price for that role and for
their pivotal location in the world in recent
years, from the United States embassy bombing in 1998 through to the Al-Shabaab attacks of
last year, yet that is rarely reflected in public
discourse here in the UK,” he said. Trade was seen as a reason why Kenya and
the Britain should continue to engage each
other. The legislators agreed that Kenya was
Africa’s pre-eminent junction for flows of trade
and investment, people and, inevitably
information. “From a trade and investment perspective,
Kenya has many buoyant businesses, and it is
the world leader in mobile payment systems.
The Minister will be well aware of the UK’s early
role in facilitating M-PESA. Off the top of my
head, I believe that the former Commonwealth Development Corporation—now the CDC—was
involved in seed corning that project in Kenya,”
Joyce said Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood said that there
was a perception in Kenya that the UK and
United States Governments, as well as some
others, were not wholly impartial ahead of the
polls. It was said that UK diplomats had sought to
push for Prime Minister Raila Odinga to win and
that they had made comments during the
tallying process that had seemed to work
towards enabling a second-round run-off,
which might have dis-benefited Kenyatta. Horwood said this impression should be
corrected and President elect Kenyatta and the
British Government should now swiftly bury
the hatchet and move on to building much
better relations, because there is a potential
benefit for both parties. “Things said in election campaigns should be
reflected on, but we then need to build
relationships and move forward. We ought,
perhaps, to approach that with humility; we all
sometimes say things in election campaigns
that we regret,” he said. COURTESY OF CAPITAL FM NEWS

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