King Charles III of the United Kingdom is scheduled to visit Kenya next week. According to officials in both countries, this might be an opportunity for rekindling bilateral relations by concentrating on the problems that lie ahead, The East African reported.
Beginning on Tuesday, King Charles III is scheduled to make his first state visit to a Commonwealth nation, ending on Friday. Although Charles has been to Kenya three times previously, this will be his first visit since taking the throne following Queen Elizabeth II’s death last year.
Additionally, both countries’ histories date back to the British colonial era, which began in the 1950s when they put an end to the Maumau revolt.
“Kenya-UK ties must be built on a foundation of future navigation. The King’s visit thereby highlights the primary issues of both the present and the future. The goal is to equip leadership for the problems of the future, according to Kenya’s High Commissioner to London, Manoah Esipisu.
As part of the preparations for the trip, Esipisu led a party of Kenyans to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday for a reception with King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
Esipisu told The EastAfrican on Saturday, “It demonstrates Kenya’s strong relations and partnership with the UK, shows Kenya as a country of influence with the UK and demonstrates a keen interest to continue on the path of close collaboration.”
According to an early agenda, he would take part in talks about youth, women, innovation, and climate change and conservation.
President William Ruto invited the visit, which takes place as Kenya gets ready to celebrate 60 years of independence.
The King and Queen will tour Mombasa County, Nairobi City County, and the neighboring territories, according to a statement from the High Commission office in Nairobi outlining her itinerary.
A statement from the British High Commission in Kenya said, in part, that “Their Majesties’ programme will reflect the ways in which Kenya and the United Kingdom are working together, notably to boost mutual prosperity, tackle climate change, promote youth opportunity and employment, advance sustainable development and create a more stable and secure region.”
Along with Wangari’s daughter Wanjira Mathai, the King will also be present at an event honoring the life and contributions of the late Professor Wangari Maathai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The tour will also honor the more traumatic facets of Kenya’s and the UK’s common past, including as the Emergency (1952–1960). The announcement stated that “His Majesty will take time during the visit to deepen his understanding of the wrongs suffered by the people of Kenya during this period.”
Coincidentally, they will formally open a new museum devoted to Kenya’s history, which was constructed at the location where the Kenyan flag was raised and the British Union Jack was lowered 60 years ago. In addition, they will plant a wreath at the Unknown Warrior’s tomb in Uhuru Gardens.
In order to gain further insight into the activities of UN Environment Programme and UN Habitat, he will also make time to visit the UN Office in Nairobi. The only UN headquarters in the Commonwealth is located at Unon.
Perhaps the more pressing issue, though, will be how he handles charges that British forces in Kenya have committed crimes in the past and gotten away with them, including murder, rape, and environmental damage like leaving unexploded explosives behind.
One unsolved example is that of Agnes Wanjiru, a Nanyuki prostitute who allegedly died at the hands of a British soldier and had her corpse thrown into a septic tank. No one has ever been found guilty of her murder. The family had previously requested a meeting with King Charles.