By Jacquiline Wahu
This evening, Kenya’s President delivered an address that outlined his plans for his second and final term in office for regional peace and domestic development to ensure all Kenyans enjoy the benefits of headline national growth.
President Kenyatta’s visit in UK is focusing on entrenching Kenya’s place in global diplomacy while also showcasing his country as an attractive investment destination for both foreign investors and Kenyans in Diaspora.
In his speech at Chatham House in front of diplomats and delegates representing British investors and Kenyans in UK diaspora, the President said that Kenya is open for business and urged UK investors to increase their investments in the country.
He added that Kenya has lowered barriers for foreign investments in order to encourage investors . Kenya has a huge potential for business in the country.
“UK was encouraged to craft an investment deal with Kenya that would set an example to the rest of the world”. He emphasized the need for Europe, in this case UK, to partner with African countries to deal with poverty in Africa which leads influx in Europe by African youth who are looking for better opportunities consequently leading to instability in the host countries.
“We totally welcome Diaspora investors, in fact we view them as the frontline to bring onboard foreign investors from their countries of residence,” he said.
His further remarks were that diaspora investors can get all the assistance they need from the Ministry of Foreign affairs.
He also touched on diaspora voting in 2022 where he said that voting mechanisms are underway for all Kenyans to participate in the next general elections especially after the pilot project was successful in last years elections around the region.
A question was raised in energy goals by the Kenyan government and in his response, Uhuru noted it as a key investment opportunity since in four years 75 percent of Kenyans are intended to have electricity, and in 2025 he expects 100 percent of Kenyan to access energy.
The measures that the government has put in place to realize this is privatization of energy generation and exploring partnership with private industry in transmission.
The Moderator of the forum at Chatham House, Baroness Amos, assured Kenya’s President that his comments on trade shall be welcomed by the British Government.
Being a leader takes courage, discipline, and determination. While a great leader can bring great success, it also comes at the cost of being judged and overwhelmed. The Bible speaks of so many wonderful leaders
James 1:12 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised.
We have been blessed to have a leader with a vision and wisdom . Many will come and go but we will remember Uhuru for one thing . He is accommodating and he political intellect is second to none . We cannot please everyone but one things stands out he has the political will and vision for our nation .
His current agenda to encourage Africans as a whole to shun mediocrity and embrace diversity tells a story .
Thank you mister president .