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Turner: Britain, Kenya need to reconcile

08 July 2013, 13:35 Wangui Joseph

The British government is supportive to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s goal of growing Kenya’s economy by double digits, the British High Commissioner to Kenya Dr. Christian Turner said.

Addressing press during his tour in Nyeri County, Dr. Turner announced that his government will stand with Kenyatta’s government and enhance relationship towards the realization of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Turner said British assistance to Kenya can be witnessed in many sectors as it has participated in a lot of development projects and has applied tremendous efforts to make Kenya realize its aspirations as stipulated in the MDG programme.

He underscored that his office is working with CDF teams by supporting them with funds for development and are also funding some school projects countrywide. He noted that his government recently funded Mombasa port with KES 53 billion.

He articulated his optimisms that tourism industry will grow steadily and more tourists are expected in this region though he expressed his concerns towards upsurge in elephants’ poaching and said Britain will help curb the illegal business.

The envoy however said the two countries (Kenya and Britain) need to reconcile due to the historical injustices, move forward and work together to ensure that democracy and devolution realized in Kenya.

He pointed out that Britain is trying to get a premium for tea and other farm produce to boost growth of local economy and enhance tea farming.

Turner further said collaboration is needed with other development partners but emphasized that a coordinated plan should be initiated and agreed on in a systematic way.

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