Following a meeting with Coast Regional Coordinator, Nelson Marwa on Tuesday (29 March), British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, has revealed that the UK is working with Kenya to defeat a shared threat of radicalisation, terrorism and extremism.
“We have just had a very interesting and open discussion about a shared threat of terrorism and extremism where young people are radicalised and drawn into the web of evil groups who, with a perverted ideology, turn towards violence.
“This is a threat we face in the UK with our own young people and it is also here in Kenya. It is a threat that we face together. The UK is more secure when Kenya is more secure. That is why we work together.” – Nic Hailey
Also during his visit the the Coast region, the High Commissioner said he was aware of how important tourism was to the Kenyan economy, especially for youth employment, and expressed his pride at how the UK has remained the top source of tourism in the country.
“Further down at the Coast, I’m very acutely aware of the importance of tourism to jobs for young people, to the economy and future of so many in this region and I am proud that the UK remains Kenya’s top source of international tourists.” – Nic Hailey
Mr Hailey also reiterated his determination to address the challenges facing the sector and to work to increase the number of British tourists visiting the region.
He also visited a UKaid sponsored youth employment programme in Mombasa, run by the Kuza Project, where he revealed that 5,000 jobs had already been created and a further 8,000 youths were trained and are ready to go to the market. Mr Hailey also announced an additional Ksh100m funding from the Department of International Development’s UKaid and identified unemployment as one of the factors which can draw youths to “perverted ideologies”, which the investment should help prevent.
“Ultimately, security challenges are not only addressed by arresting the right people but also looking out for those who look disconnected.
“The youths without jobs need to be identified [before they are] drawn into perverted ideologies.
“These young people need to be trained in skills that will go into the market place.
“All this is about working together to create a better future for the people of the Coast using investment, tourism, industry and skills.”– Nic Hailey