British PM Theresa May in Kenya for state visit

Thursday August 30 2018

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a ceremony to hand over the bell of the SS Mendi with the South African President, on August 28, 2018 in Cape Town. May arrived in Kenya for a state visit on August 30, 2018. PHOTO | MIKE HUTCHINGS | AFP


British Prime Minister Theresa May has arrived in Nairobi for a state visit—30 years after her predecessor Margaret Thatcher toured Kenya.

Mrs May on Thursday landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport aboard a chartered Royal Air Force Voyager from Lagos, Nigeria, at 6.30am local time.

She was accompanied by a host of business moguls and investors keen to strike deals with Kenya and the rest of Africa.

The PM is set to hold a joint press briefing with President Kenyatta at State House from 11am local time.

Mrs May will meet President Uhuru Kenyatta before visiting British troops and a business school.

A State dinner hosted by Mr Kenyatta will conclude her trip.


“I am proud to be leading this ambitious trip to Africa and to become the first UK Prime Minister in over 30 years to visit Kenya,” said Mrs May said ahead of the visit.

Nairobi is Mrs May's last stop in her three-day Africa visit, which started on Tuesday.

She toured South Africa on Tuesday and Nigeria on Wednesday.

The late Thatcher, popularly known as the Iron Lady, was the first and remains the only British prime minister to have visited Kenya in 1988.