Laikipia County upbeat about Prince William visit

Written By: KNA

Prince William’s meeting with President Kenyatta concludes a seven-day tour of Africa that saw him visit Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya.

Laikipia County is upbeat about the expected visit by Prince William.

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The prince is scheduled to visit the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK) in Nanyuki and later head to Kinamba primary school where he will have a public forum with local residents.

Trade and Cooperatives county executive member Biwott Tirop said that the visit would cement the area tourism potential and go a long way in assuring visitors that it is a preferred destination.

“This visit by the Prince will go a long way in declaring that Laikipia is peaceful and that we are over the period when pastoralists and ranchers were at loggerheads. Normalcy has now been restored.” Biwott told the media Sunday.

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He added that the county stood to gain a lot from the visit by the British monarch who also proposed to his wife Kate William while holidaying in Laikipia.

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“This makes our county very historical especially for Prince William and the entire royal family. We’re delighted by his visit,” said the county executive.

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Biwott added the visit by the Monarch would go a long way in boosting the tourism potential of the county.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday held talks with Prince William Arthur, the Duke of Cambridge, who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.

The one-on-one meeting between President Kenyatta and Prince William mainly focused on wildlife conservation.

The Duke of Cambridge, who was accompanied by the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, briefed President Kenyatta on the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference that will be held in London on 11 and 12 October.

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Prince William is the patron of the Royal African Society, a long-standing institution dedicated to promoting Africa in the UK. He is also the President of United for Wildlife, an organisation which fights illegal trade in wildlife as well as the patron of Tusk, a UK-base charity organisation which promotes wildlife conservation in Africa.


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