New Kenya-UK Deals Strengthen Ties and Security Measures

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Kenya and the UK have agreed new deals that will strengthen the countries’ ties and expand security measures in the African nation, it has been revealed.

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and UK Prime Minister David Cameron signed new terms at a bilateral meeting in New York, on Monday – in a bid to repair strained relations between the two countries.

British troops in Kenya

A key talking point between the two nations has been the issue of British troops training in Kenya. A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will see Kenya given jurisdiction to prosecute British troops under Kenyan law. Currently, troops who commit crimes while off duty can be tried in Kenya, but on-duty troops are subject to court-martial under the British military code, if found guilty.

The new agreement will see British soldiers tried in Kenya and joint investigations carried out by Kenyan and British investigators.

Anger at UK travel advisories

President Kenyatta also used the meeting to express dissatisfaction with UK travel advisories, whose travel warnings have had a major impact on Kenya’s tourism industry. The travel warnings came after a series of attacks – mostly carried out by militant group Al-Shabaab – which saw Kenya’s tourism income drop by 31 percent, according to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron admitted the travel warning had hurt Kenya’s tourism industry and compromised the country’s fight against extremism in the East African region.

“We all agree that the effect of the advisories are what the terrorists actually want because it defeats the efforts to stop extremists from seducing people into their activities,” said Cameron. However, the British PM made it clear that the warnings come from an independent body, not from within the government.
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David Cameron (28 January 2011)” by World Economic Forum/Moritz Hager – Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.