Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been ridiculed by the Kenyan president as “the bicycle guy” who appeared to forgot his surname in a press conference on the final day of Theresa May’s visit to the continent.
During a press conference in Nairobi, Uhuru Kenyatta was complaining that no British prime minister has visited the country for 30 years, that he suddenly suffered the memory relapse and struggled to remember the full name of Johnson who visited Kenya last year to deliver a fleet of ambulances.
The Kenyan president explained that the former Foreign Secretary had visited his country but he couldn’t recall Boris’s surname, saying: “Last year, if you recall, the foreign secretary then, Boris, erm, Boris, Boris Johnson, Yeah the bicycle guy – that one. Boris Johnson was here.”
He added: “Boris Johnson was here with ambulances and these ambulances were bought courtesy of funds that had been seized and returned and utilised to buy ambulances that were distributed across the country.”
The ex-foreign secretary has previously been accused of racism against Africans after referring to black people as “piccaninnies” and their “water-melon smiles”.
The Kenyan president said he was glad the PM had “honoured” his invitation to “come and see for yourself our country and continent that has changed in the last nearly four decades” since the time prime minister Margaret Thatcher visited Kenya in 1988.
He later argued that Brexit “doesn’t mean anything detrimental” to Kenya or its relationship with Britain, adding: “I don’t believe Brexit is going to dent trade between our two countries.”