Pete Vowles thanks Rory Stewart following ministerial move

Rory Stewart
UK Minister for Africa, Rory Stewart OBE. Photo: Twitter/ROryStewartUK

DFID Kenya Head, Pete Vowles has thanked Rory Stewart following the politician’s move from Minister of State for Africa and Minister of State for International Development to Minister of State at the Department of Justice in Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest reshuffle.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Vowles wished the minister good luck in his new role, adding: “Huge thanks to Rory Stewart for you leadership of DFID and Foreign Office on Africa. UK in Kenya have enjoyed and valued working with you – your ideas, challenge and passion for global development have been an inspiration.”

Mr Stewart’s new role will see him take on departmental business in the Lords and support to Secretary of State on constitutional matters. Family justice and mediation women offenders, human rights and civil liberties also come under his new responsibilities as well as defamation freedom of information, data protection and data sharing.

He travelled to Kenya in November for the inauguration of President Kenyatta and met with the East African leader during his visit.

The same reshuffle saw Suella Fernandes, whose parents came to the UK from Kenya and Mauritius promoted to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Exiting the European Union.

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