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UK boosts Kenya’s fight against terrorism

UK has supported County Action Plans and County Engagement Forums as part of this collaboration, shaping, coordinating and preventing violent extremism actions at the County level.

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Operation during a terror attack in the country.PHOTO/Courtesy.

The British High Commissioner, Jane Marriott, today handed over essential forensic medical equipment worth KES 4.5 Million to assist Kenya in our joint fight against terrorism.

In a ceremony at Kenyatta National Hospital with Chief Administration Secretary, Rashid Aman, a portable mortuary fridge, mortuary tables, chairs, body bags and evidence bags, were handed over to the Ministry of Health.

This equipment will increase the capacity of the Pathology and Forensic Unit, improving disaster response and supporting forensic investigations.

The medical equipment will preserve and analyse crucial evidence needed to identify and convict terrorist offenders, bringing them to justice.

It will also help identify disaster victims and preserve their dignity, to prevent further suffering for grieving families.

As our closest partner on counter terrorism in East Africa, the UK stands with Kenya in this fight against terrorism.

The UK invests approximately KES 1.1billion (£7million) a year in Counterterrorism (CT) efforts in Kenya.

This ranges from building the
capacity of criminal justice institutions through training and mentoring, to reinforcing Kenya’s CT infrastructure such as through security installation investments at the Kahawa Law Court – Kenya’s first court dedicated to addressing terrorism offences.

We are also supporting the construction of the new coastal headquarters for the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit, which will be completed this year”The British High Commissioner to Kenya, Jane Marriott, said.

“The scourge of terrorism is a challenge we face in both our countries. We remember
the victims of these attacks, from Westgate, to Riverside, to Garissa. I am pleased to provide this support to Kenya, to help boost our joint fight against terrorism.”

Chief Administration Secretary, Ministry of Health Rashid Aman said,
“The role played by forensic medical services to the public health and safety of this country cannot be underestimated. We have heard the challenges face by the officers
in the Division of Forensic and Pathology Services but I wish to recognize the efforts and successes by this team despite these challenges.”

The specific number of items donated today include: one Portable Mortuary fridge, 24 Slats for Mortuary Table, six Mortuary Tables, six Aluminium Stepladders, 15 Collapsible Tables, 20 Folding Chairs and 300 Body Bags.

The UK’s CT support to Kenya is wide-ranging. We have, for example, also
reduced the vulnerability to radicalisation of 300 at-risk Kenyans through engagement with communities and civil society organisations.

Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism requires not only a strong
security response, but also a holistic effort that incorporates political, diplomatic and development approaches.

The UK has supported County Action Plans and County Engagement Forums as part of this collaboration, shaping, coordinating and preventing violent extremism actions at the County level.

 

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Atheists fault petition seeking to deregister society

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

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President of the Atheists in Kenya Society, Harrison Mumia

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

Former Juja MP, Dr Stephen Ndichu has moved to court seeking to have the Atheists in Kenya Society suspended on grounds that its continued existence is unconstitutional.

In a statement, the society’s president, Harrison Mumia says the petition is an assault on religious freedom and an insult to the diversity of the Kenyan people.

“We find the petition repugnant to a good conscience,” he stated adding that Dr Ndichu is a Christian fundamentalist who seems to harbour paranoid fantasies about the dangers of atheists existing in Kenya.

He further accused Dr Ndichu of seeing enemies where there is none and that the society was surprised, but not shocked as religion has historically inhibited progress.

He vowed that the society would do everything within its power to defend its right to remain a registered society and urged Kenyans to support fighting the petition.

On Sunday, the society said it will be writing to President William Ruto seeking an invitation to State House, just like the evangelical denominations.

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Uhuru Gardens ready for Madaraka Day fete, says PS Kibicho

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Madaraka Day

This year’s national Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County will be open to 30,000 people, up from 10,000 in 2021.

Permanent Secretary in the State Department for Interior, Dr Karanja Kibicho, said this follows the relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures.

“Children will also be allowed in on the celebrations this year, and we expect county celebrations to happen too,” the PS said while on an inspection tour of the venue.

The PS said the government decided to move the celebrations from the County rotational back to Nairobi because it will be the last event for the current administration before it exits office.

“Because of the significance of this particular Madaraka day, being the last for this regime, we decided to celebrate it at Uhuru Gardens to break the tradition of celebrating it in counties,”

He revealed that preparations were currently at 90 percent complete and expressed confidence that all will be set for the event as the country marks 59 years of self rule.

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Queen Elizabeth mourns Kibaki as a great Statesman with commendable legacy

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Queen Elizabeth II has mourned former President the late Mwai Kibaki eulogizing him as “a great statesman”.

“I was sorry to receive the news of the death of Mwai Kibaki. He had a lifelong record of service to the Kenyan people. It will be of deep sadness to your country to have lost a great statesman, but Kenya can take pride in the legacy of his leadership. I send you and the people of Kenya my condolences at this loss,” the message read.

The British High Commission further affirmed its close ties to Kenya and renewed its assurances to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The British High Commission avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya the assurances of its highest consideration,” the High Commission said.

The late Kibaki passed away on 21 April 2022, aged 90.

President Uhuru, who issued a proclamation that he would be granted a state funeral with full civilian and military honours, announced his death.

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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