Vertiv Introduces New Single-Phase Uninterruptible Power Supply for Distributed Information Technology (IT) Networks and Edge Computing Applications in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)Read more Students from JA Zimbabwe Win 2023 De La Vega Global Entrepreneurship AwardRead more Top International Prospects to Travel to Salt Lake City for Seventh Annual Basketball Without Borders Global CampRead more Rise of the Robots as Saudi Arabia Underscores Global Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Aspirations with DeepFest Debut at LEAP23Read more Somalia: ‘I sold the last three goats, they were likely to die’Read more Merck Foundation and African First Ladies marking World Cancer Day 2023 through 110 scholarships of Oncology Fellowships in 25 countriesRead more Supporting women leaders and aspirants to unleash their potentialRead more Fake medicines kill almost 500,000 sub-Saharan Africans a year: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reportRead more Climate crisis and migration: Greta Thunberg supports International Organization for Migration (IOM) over ‘life and death’ issueRead more United Nations (UN) Convenes Lake Chad Countries, Amid Growing Regional CrisisRead more

East Africans react to Rishi Sunak becoming UK prime minister

show caption
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Britain's newly appointed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak waves to members of the media before entering 10 Downing Street after delivering his first speech as prime minister in London, United Kingdom on October 25, 2022. (Wiktor Szymanowicz - Anadolu Agency)
Print Friendly and PDF

Oct 26, 2022 - 03:07 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya/DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AA) – Kenyans on Tuesday joined the world in congratulating 42-year-old Rishi Sunak, a Briton with Kenyan roots, as he became the next UK Prime Minister.

Sunak’s father Yashvir Sunak was born and raised in pre-colonial Kenya while his mother Usha Sunak was Tanzanian.

After living in East Africa for a while Sunak’s parents emigrated to the United Kingdom in the 1980s where Yashvir worked as a physician and Rishi owned and operated a small pharmacy.

On the streets of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Kaniz Khan, 34, a Nairobi law student, hailed Sunak’s appointment as the Prime minister of the United Kingdom.

“This is the first time we are seeing someone rise to his position; he is an African-Indian British, his roots are from Kenya, people here, not only the Indian community are over the moon, we are so happy,” Khan said.

Naeema Abdulhamid Mona, 42, for her part said Sunak is just like former US president Barack Obama who has his roots from Homa Bay County in Kenya where his father hailed from.

“Race can never impede someone from their goal and God will always be the equalizer, he is not white, not that it matters but it shows how we have changed as humans,” Mona said.

Over to Tanzania where Sunak’s mother was born, the wave of euphoria also surged in Dar es Salaam as the Hindu community in the bustling city reacted to the appointment of Britain’s first Asian prime Minister.

Speaking with the Anadolu Agency, Fayaz Nasser, 69, a resident of Dar es Salaam of Indian origin said Sunak’s appointment is a significant milestone and a reminder of historical ties between Tanzania, India and Britain.

According to him, Sunak clinching the PM seat is a historic moment that shows people of different color, faith or religious background can rise up to the highest office without any obstruction.

Rishi Sunak also received congratulatory messages from African leaders; William Ruto (Kenya), Hassan Sheikh Mahamud (Somalia) and Hakainde Hichilema (Zambia) joined world leaders in congratulating the new British Prime Minister.

LMBCNEWS.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.