Do not inflame tensions, diplomat urges politicians
British High Commissioner Nic Hailey yesterday cautioned politicians to refrain from any acts or speech that may inflame tensions before the elections.
He addressed the Laikipia county assembly. Hailey urged political parties to refrain from nominating members who have engaged in hate speech or in provocation of violence.
He urged all political actors to campaign peacefully, based on the issues that matter most to citizens. “I do so not as a supporter of one set of interests, but as a friend of Kenya. A friend who cares deeply about this country and about the peaceful environment which is so vital to its development,” Hailey said.
He said his country spends over Sh40 billion on Kenya’s development programme, especially on health, increasing the quality of education and reducing vulnerability among the disadvantaged.
Other support goes to catalysing private sector growth to create more jobs for young people. Hailey said by 2018 Britain will have created 36,000 jobs for women and 73,000 for men and male youth.
He expressed his delight at the ratification of a new defence cooperation agreement between the UK and Kenya, which will sustain the defence relationship for the next five years.
“The presence of BATUK contributes some Sh5.5 billion to the local economy, to health and to other forms of community development,” he said.