Kenya signs new Defence Agreement with UK

 Kenya signs new Defence Agreement with UKBy MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya

NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYA and the United Kingdom have signed a new Defence Co-operation Agreement (DCA) to enhance partnerships between the two countries.

The document, signed on behalf of the two Governments by British High Commissioner, Nic Hailey, and Kenya Defence Secretary, Raychelle Omamo, in Nairobi, will now go forward for ratification in the respective Parliaments.

It is envisaged the operational effectiveness of both nations, and further contribute to Kenyan and wider regional security as well as enable the continuation of British military training in Kenya, worth approximately Ksh 9 billion  (£ 58,7 million) to the Kenyan economy per annum.

The new British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, said the UK was Kenya’s longest-standing defence and security partner, and both our countries wanted to see the relationship continue and grow.

“This new agreement is based on mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty, the Kenyan Constitution and the shared interest of our military relationship,” said Hailey.

The envoy said the finalizing the new DCA would allow for strengthened defence engagement in areas such as border security and Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) capability, and continue training and capacity building to Kenya and other African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) troop-contributing countries.

Meanwhile, contrary to some media reporting, the UK has never sought immunity from prosecution for soldiers who commit crimes in Kenya.

“The UK Government insists on legal accountability for all its personnel in line with either British or Kenyan law,” read a statement. – CAJ News

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