, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 6 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has defended the Armoured Personnel Vehicles insisting they are equal to the security challenges in the country.
This is despite the recent killing of six police officers and a civilian in Lamu County after their armoured vehicle was blown up by an Improvised Explosive Device in Lamu County.
But Nkaissery says they died as a result of the impact and not the vehicle being faulty.
“They are quality like anywhere else in the world,” the CS stated.
He was responding to concerns by legislators in the Committee on Administration and National Security, who think the country didn’t get value for its money.
The police officers were attached to Mangai Rapid Border Patrol Unit (RBPU) in Lamu County.
Their Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) had on board seven RBPU officers who were heading to Mokowe in Lamu west for refuelling before the incident occurred at around 9am.
The Al Shabaab have changed tactics and resorted to using IEDs to carry out attacks in parts of Coast region and North Eastern, according to police.
At least 18 police officers were killed in similar attacks last week in Mandera and Garissa Counties.
On Monday, three suspected Al Shabaab militants were killed in Wayu area, Tana River County.
The suspects are said to have been part of a group behind recent attacks targeting security agent.