Do not in­flame ten­sions, diplomat urges politi­cians

The Star (Kenya) - - General News -

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.

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