Kenya inks Brexit free trade deal with British PM

Britain's May Seeks to Boost Trade Ties on Africa Trip

Prime Minister Theresa May dancing through her Africa tour - CBBC Newsround

That's the moniker Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta gave Boris Johnson when talking of his 2017 visit to the African nation.

The two leaders signed two agreements during the brief stop-over: one to enhance military co-operation, the other for Britain to return assets and proceeds of corruption to Kenya.

"We welcome your commitment and drive to fight corruption".

The new deal between Nairobi and London comes three months after Kenya inked a similar agreement with Switzerland to repatriate more than Sh90 billion held in Swiss accounts.

The publication further picked issue with how President Kenyatta began his address by telling May that he was glad she had honoured Kenya's invitation to see for herself how the country and the African continent has changed in the almost four decades since a UK Premier last visited.

The visit came at a time of enormous change across Africa with a unique opportunity for the United Kingdom to become a truly Global Britain to invest in and work alongside African nations, with mutual benefits after leaving the European Union.

Mrs May said Brexit would increase opportunities to extend existing commercial links with Nigeria - the UK's second largest trading partner in Africa - particularly in the area of financial services.

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"In Kenya, we have settled on a new agenda, the Big Four, which prioritises food security, affordable housing, manufacturing, and healthcare".

Margaret Thatcher was the last British prime minister to visit Kenya, in 1988.

Kenyatta said he did not believe Brexit would dent the two countries' ability to strengthen their relationship.

"I look forward to seeing more rich investment in Nigeria creating jobs for Nigerians and the good people of Britain as well", she added.

May also supported the Building Bridges initiative between President Uhuruand Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

She has announced £4bn of extra financial support for African economies, linked to a refocusing of the UK's aid spending, while promising support to Nigeria to confront violent Islamist extremism and human trafficking.

"The visit speaks a lot in terms of our place among the community of nations but also about President Uhuru Kenyatta's global leadership", said Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma.

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