Kenya visit for Priti Patel, UK Secretary of State for International Development

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Priti Patel in Kenya
Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel visits mPesa kiosk at Mukuru low income settlement, Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Twitter/DFID_UK

The British Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, has been visiting Kenya to see how UK funding has helped support programmes in the country.

During the first day of her trip, she visited an mPesa kiosk with Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore at Mukuru low income settlement in Nairobi.

She also discussed water and sanitation projects with local community entrepreneurs and UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey in Mukuru.

The Makuru Waste and Sanitation Project is donor-funded and supports the poor slum community to address their water and sanitation conditions.

In total, there are eight projects in Mukuru. They were implemented by community based organizations in collaboration with the Kenyan Government to alleviate poverty, enable access safe clean water and decent toilet facilities which are severely lacks in Mukuru Slums.

Priti Patel has been the Member of Parliament for the Witham constituency in Essex since 2010.  She was appointed Minister of State for Employment attending Cabinet on 11 May 2015, and previously a member of the Public Administration Select Committee.

Pete Vowles, the Head of the DFID in Kenya Tweeted about the Secretary of State’s visit, describing it as a “Great first day with seeing UK leadership in innovative private sector approaches to global development.”

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