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Kenya ready to welcome UK's King Charles III on historic visit: Governor

Anadolu Agency AFRICA
Published October 30,2023

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja officially confirmed on Monday that Kenya is prepared to host the UK's King Charles III on a historic visit scheduled to commence on Tuesday.

King Charles III is set to arrive in Kenya on Tuesday for a significant four-day visit, marking his first official visit to a Commonwealth nation since ascending to the throne.

"As Nairobi we are ready and I am happy, it is an honor for Nairobi to be the first destination that the king of England visits, there are many activities he will be undertaking in the city," Sakaja said.

The anticipation surrounding the royal visit has prompted heightened security measures to ensure a safe and successful trip.

Kenya, a Commonwealth member and former British colony, is abuzz with excitement ahead of the royal visit.

The trip carries special significance as Kenya is gearing up to celebrate its 60th anniversary of independence from Britain on Dec. 12, 2023.

Despite their tumultuous colonial history, the ties between Kenya and the UK remain strong and multifaceted.

On Monday morning, police took action to prevent a gathering of individuals who are victims of alleged atrocities committed by the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK) in Laikipia and Samburu.

The protesters had intended to address the media regarding their grievances as they sought acknowledgment and redress for historical injustices.

The impending arrival of the king has brought long-standing grievances back into the spotlight. Also, happening elsewhere in Nairobi on Monday, in the Mathare slums of Nairobi, women who once fought as Mau Mau freedom fighters staged a protest demanding the return of the remains of their iconic comrade, freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi.