Uhuru Granted Rare Private Meeting With Prince Charles

  • resident Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday met His Royal Highness Prince Charles at Sandringham House on July 28, 2021
    resident Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday met His Royal Highness Prince Charles at Sandringham House on July 28, 2021
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday met His Royal Highness Prince Charles at Sandringham House in a rare occasion granted to the Kenyan Head of State.

    A photograph shared by Clarence House showed Uhuru and the Prince of Wales at Sandringham House, the private home of Queen Elizabeth II in Norfolk, England.

    The meeting between Uhuru and Charles was part of a growing partnership between the United Kingdom and Kenya during the President's visit to the European nation.

    Undated image of Prince Charles
    Undated image of Prince Charles
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    Uhuru has met Charles before during the Commonwealth Summits which are organised by Queen Elizabeth, the head of the Commonwealth.

    In 2018, the Queen invited Commonwealth leaders for a summit and appealed to the member states to appoint Prince Charles to succeed her as their head.

    Countries like Kenya would play a vital role in Charles taking over from the Queen since the head of the Commonwealth role is not hereditary and it solely relies on member states to choose their leader.

    Charles, also known as the Prince of Wales, was appointed as Queen Elizabeth's designated successor at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2018.

    During the summit, President Kenyatta aggressively pursued Kenya's agenda of securing investment and propping up trade with other member states.

    Kenya was chosen to champion the development of blue economic growth through the Commonwealth Blue Charter adopted at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in 2018.

    During Uhuru's visit on July 27, 2021, Kenya and the United Kingdom signed a 5-year defence deal as reports emerged that President Uhuru Kenyatta was awaiting a gift from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    A statement shared by the British High Commission in Kenya indicated that the two countries signed a new five-year Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) on the sidelines of Uhuru's three-day UK tour.

    The event, which took place at the Ministry of Defence offices in London, was attended by the Cabinet Secretary for Defence, Dr Monica Juma, and her UK counterpart, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.

    Some of the benefits arising from the agreement included a Ksh1.16 billion annual UK investment in the defence partnership with Kenya which is aimed at training 1,100 Kenyan soldiers every year.

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Uhuru Kenyatta
    A file image of President Uhuru Kenyatta(left) and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson(right)