NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti has stressed the need for collaboration in fighting terrorism, a scourge that has claimed hundreds of lives in Kenya and the region over the years.
The DCI was speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit Headquarters in Mombasa on Thursday, while in the company of UK High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey and Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.
He said the headquarters will be key in helping to dismantle terror cells within the region that has been a hotbed of radicalization and pockets of attacks from extremists believed to be allied to Somalia based Al-Shabaab militants.
Hailey committed to continue helping Kenya’s security agencies to eliminate terrorism, which he says is a global menace that requires international cooperation.
“The terrorism menace has struck in the United Kingdom, here in Kenya with the loss of many Kenyans and indeed British lives and in so many other places around the world. We know this is a threat which ignores boarder, a threat which requires international cooperation and sharing of intelligence in order to combat,” he said.
He added that “our partnership with the Kenyan Republic in combating terrorism is one of the most important missions that our government has in this country.”
He insisted that the war on terror must be fought within the law, “to ensure the terrorists do not escape justice because of mistakes or inadequate facilities, and also in a way that allows investigators and prosecutors to work against these threats and to build cases so that they can be dealt with under the law.”
The UK is going to use Sh60 million towards construction of the ATPU Headquarters in Mombasa.
On his part, Haji says with good facilities, police are going to have watertight cases against terror suspects.
The construction of the headquarters is expected to be completed in December.