Diplomats joined with parliamentarians and the Kenyan diaspora to celebrate Kenya’s 53rd Jamhuri Day with High Commissioner Lazarus Amayo.
In 1963 the UK “lost a colony but gained a friend” said High Commissioner Amayo, adding that the UK was Kenya’s largest trading partner outside Africa, the largest cumulative investor from Europe, the largest source of tourism and a partner in peace and security.
“That is why we consider ourselves stakeholders when Brexit is being discussed because what affects UK also affects us,” he said.
Echoing these sentiments, Lord Chidgey, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Africa, said that because of Brexit, Britain needed “more than ever to cultivate African countries of the Commonwealth, of which Kenya is a leading part…While the US is our ally and Europe is our trading partner, the Commonwealth is our family.”
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