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No British Army Weapons Used By Laikipia Bandits- UK


The commission, under British High Commissioner in Kenya, Jane Marriott, responded on Twitter to a question fielded by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist Ferdinand Omondi who had asked the envoy to address the contentious issue of the bandits using sophisticated weapons belonging to the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) in the conflicts.

The UK High Commission on Thursday, September 9 ruled out claims that weapons from the British army are being used by bandits in the ongoing clashes in Laikipia County. 

The commission, under British High Commissioner in Kenya, Jane Marriott, responded on Twitter to a question fielded by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist Ferdinand Omondi who had asked the envoy to address the contentious issue of the bandits using sophisticated weapons belonging to the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) in the conflicts.

“Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya is suggesting that the bandits in Laikipia have M16 rifles, usually used by foreign forces who train in the area.

British High Commissioner in Kenya, Jane Marriott. /FILE

“Is he suggesting BATUK arms found their way into criminal hands? How?” he posed.

The commission denied the circulation of BATUK weapons in the country, affirming that they cross-check each one of them on a daily basis and that the M16 rifles that raised concerns among Kenyans are not used by their soldiers in training.

“We are certain there are no BATUK weapons circulating in Kenya. We do a 100% daily quantity check, and a 100% weekly check by individual serial number, and none are missing,” the British High Commission tweeted.

“Units exercising with BATUK do not use M16 rifles,” the High Commission stated.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya had initially raised concerns that the bandits involved in the chaos were using professional equipment used by soldiers in international countries in war.

“While our officers are using AK47 and G3 rifles, the bandits (in Laikipia) are using M16s and other heavy machinery, which are usually used by foreign armies who come for training in Kenya. We don’t know how they get these heavy weapons,” stated Natembeya while speaking to the press on Tuesday, September 7.

Natembeya’s sentiments were backed by leaders across the country as well as the Kenyan community who decried the deteriorating state of security in Laikipia after the unrest saw four people lose their lives, three among them being police officers, in a span of just six days from bandit attacks in the area.

Two politicians were nabbed by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives in one day on Wednesday, September 8. They included Tiaty Member of Parliament MP William Kamket and Laikipia North Member of Parliament, Mathew Lempurkel.

The British soldiers have a base in Nanyuki, Laikipia County where they carry out their training. Recently, Kenya and the United Kingdom (UK) signed a new five-year Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) that will allow the UK soldiers to train in Kenya for five more years.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson with British Army soldiers in Kenya. /FILE



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