In Summary
  • By November 2020, the wing is expected to have developed into a fully-functioning, independent centre of excellence.

  • The Prime Minister also announced over Sh917 million of new UK funding to support African Union Mission to Somalia.

  • The UK and Kenya signed a new agreement that will see the two countries expand joint work on security even further.

A Kenyan based counter-terrorism facility will be expanded into a regional centre.

The expansion of the UK-funded counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) training facility at the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) in Nairobi is part of a new UK-Kenya security agreement which is allowing both countries to keep pace with the changing nature of threats and to renew cooperation on counter-terrorism, child protection, and regional security.

SPECIAL TRAINING

The announcement was made after a visit by UK Prime Minister Theresa on Thursday.

By November 2020, the wing is expected to have developed into a fully-functioning, independent centre of excellence where East African instructors will provide specialised IED disposal training.

The Prime Minister also announced over Sh917 million of new UK funding to support African Union Mission to Somalia (Amisom), a peace keeping mission operated by the AU in Somalia with approval by the UN, as she called on international donors to contribute more to the peacekeeping mission.

“Her visit reaffirms that the UK will support the project until it operates independently as a regional and continental centre of excellence,” said a statement from the British High Commission.

Since 2015, 1,000 military and police personnel from East Africa had been trained by the British Army in identifying and destroying IEDs. Yet, in the same period the use of IEDs has increased by around 300 per cent in Somalia, where casualties are often civilians.

During her visit, the UK and Kenya signed a new agreement that will see the two countries expand joint work on security even further.

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