Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti has called on Kenyans and the police to work closely with his office and that of the Director of Public Prosecution to curb terrorism and radicalization in the country.
Speaking Thursday at the groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Mombasa Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) unit offices, the DCI noted that the offices will assist in gathering intelligence assist in destroying terrorist cells in the region.
The British High Commissioner to Kenya Nick Hailey noted that terrorism is a global problem and his government is keen to ensure Kenya gets all the support needed to deal with terrorism threat.
“There is no lasting peace without justice, no lasting security without justice, no lasting development without justice… justice is key to everything we do… we are proud to be your partners in this centre,” he said.
On his part, Kinoti thanked the British government for its contribution and partnership in Kenya’s undertakings, particularly in security.
Kinoti said through support from both the local and international communities by way of sharing intelligence, police have been able to deter several terrorist incidences and contain some.
“I thank the British gov’t for its contribution & partnership in our country’s undertakings, particularly in security. They have consistently & generously worked closely with us to ensure that we have the right capacity and training to combat terrorism activities,” said Kinoti.
At the same time the Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, said UK has been helping in Kenya in best practices in combating terrorism and other forms of crime.
The DPP promised continued support to Community based justice centres.
The project which is funded by the British government to a tune of 60 million shillings will feature state of the art equipment to aid efficiency.