NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- The U.S.
government on Tuesday donated security equipment to be used by
the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) as it steps up the war
against terror and other emerging security threats in airports
across the country.
donated equipment worth 700,000 U.S. dollars includes Desktop
Explosive Trace Detector (ETD) machines and one year’s supply of
during the handover ceremony in Nairobi, Cabinet Secretary for
Transport and Infrastructure Michael Kamau said that the
donation included a training package on operation, testing and
routine servicing of the equipment and so far, enough staff from
all airports where the equipment will be deployed have been
support from the U.S. government enables Kenya to upgrade its
security in line with global trends against emerging threats,”
Kamau told journalists in Nairobi.
units can test for traces of common conventional explosives that
may be hidden on people and in luggage and carry-on bags.
consumables consist of disposable pads that are swabbed over
items to collect samples from passengers and their luggage.
These pads are then inserted into the ETD units to test for
Lucy Mbugua said the security equipment works on advanced
technology that would help detect and deter explosives.
equipment is capable of detecting any molecules found in all
conventional explosives including liquid explosives and
compounds used to manufacture explosives,” Mbugua said.
donation of the security equipment comes in the wake of ongoing
audits by the U.S. Transport Security Administration to assess
the security of flight paths at JKIA.
said the audit is a key step towards the commencement of direct
flights between JKIA and airports in the U.S.
the Kenyan government will continue to welcome any technical
assistance, training and audit and shall continue to implement
the finding of this audit.
Parnell, the U.S. chargé d’affaires of the U.S. embassy in
Nairobi said the 20 Desktop Explosive Trace Detection units were
donated by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
charged with providing security for passenger and freight
transportation. It has trained 57 KAA employees from seven
airports across Kenya on how to use the explosive-detection
Kenya and France to
cooperate to fight terror
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya and France will cooperate in the fight
against terrorism, French envoy to Kenya said in Nairobi on
Ambassador to Kenya Remi Marechaux said that both nations have a
common enemy and are determined to get rid of the common threat.
incorporated other allies to strengthen our cooperation to fight
terrorism not only in Somalia but also on Kenyan soil,”
Marechaux said during celebrations to mark the French National
and French presidents met three months ago on the sidelines of
the European Union-Africa Summit to discuss bilateral relations.
envoy noted that the bilateral relationship is hinged more on
partnerships than on donor-recipient relations.
President Kenyatta vows to
defeat extremism for stability
NAROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday
the government will work closely with friendly nations to defeat
extremism and other evils that threaten cohesion and harmonious
co-existence in society.
the government will not allow criminals which have been carrying
out several grenade and bomb attacks in the country, to hide
behind the freedom of worship enshrined in the Constitution to
break the law.
are ready and committed to partner with our friends to ensure
harmony and cohesion among Kenyans. On behalf of the people of
Kenya, I thank all the Iftar food donors,” he said in Nairobi
when he flagged-off a truck carrying foodstuffs donated by
Muslim Ambassadors in Kenya to be distributed to the needy in
said the fundamental freedoms in the Constitution should be
President Kenyatta assured the donors that the food will go
directly to the beneficiaries in Lamu, Mandera, Wajir and Moyale,
among other needy counties.
African nation continues to suffer several attacks as terrorists
change tuck to beat heightened security and carry on with their
heinous acts undetected.
latest incidents have happened in the coastal region, Nairobi,
and some cities including towns in northern Kenya that have bore
the brunt of terror attacks.