Theresa May in talks with Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi

Thursday August 30 2018

BERNARDINE MUTANU
By BERNARDINE MUTANU
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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has started her official visit to Kenya after touring South Africa and Nigeria.

Mrs May was on Thursday received by her host, President Uhuru Kenyatta, at State House Nairobi.

She was welcomed with a 19-gun salute mounted by the Kenya Navy.

Unlike the Queen, who would have received a 21-gun salute, Mrs May received 19 because she heads a government and not state.

She inspected the guard of honour before proceeding for a meeting with Mr Kenyatta in the company of the UK and the Kenyan delegations.

Top on their agenda is trade and bilateral relations.

Britain, Kenya's colonial master has interests in security, banking, and manufacturing among others.

May’s visit is expected to improve Nairobi-London relationship, which was once strong, with the UK PM having promised to scale up the foreign investment in Africa in the next few years.

UK has been overtaken by China in foreign direct investment in Kenya in the past few years.