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Britain offers security aid, investments

The star Newspaper

June 12, 2015

CHARLES MGHENYI

THE UK will support the Coast in security, investment and youth empowerment programmes, British High Commissioner Christian Turner has said.The envoy visited Mombasa on Wednesday on a fact-finding mission.“My main focus is to listen, watch and understand the progress made on security and how Britain can support Mombasa,” Turner said.He was speaking after touring Fort Jesus, a historical monument in the Old Town, in the company of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.Turner met separately with Joho, county commissioner Nelson Marwa and various tourism players.

Residents have called for the lifting of the travel advisory the UK issued against the region after terror attacks by al Shabaab last year.“I know many people would want to ask about advisories, but the High Commissioner’s visit signifies the beginning of greater things ahead,” Joho said.He said he held lengthy talks with Turner on security, investment opportunities and development.The High Commissioner said Britain will support projects in the region through the UK-Aid programme.He said Britain will also be looking to support the Mombasa Port.“A vibrant port means a vibrant economy and therefore improved livelihoods,” the High Commissioner said.At his meeting with the county commissioner, Turner said there is good cooperation between Britain and Kenya in security.“It is like an iceberg, a little bit is visible above the water, but most of it is beneath the water,” he said.“We don’t talk a lot about everything we do, but there is a lot of collaboration.”Turner said Britain is working together with the Kenya government to improve security, increase investments and bring more tourists.