- Speaking at the opening of the Regional Counter Terrorism Training Center in Kanyonyoo, Kitui County, Dr Omollo highlighted the government's intensified efforts in collaboration with various agencies to mitigate terror-related activities.
In response to the growing threats of terrorism and violent extremism, the Kenyan government has reaffirmed its commitment to bolstering national security.
The renewed dedication comes as the country faces ongoing challenges posed by terrorism and the presence of groups like Al-Shabaab.
Dr. Raymond Omollo, the Principal Secretary for Internal Security and National Administration, emphasized that countering terrorism requires a multifaceted approach and continuous efforts to stay ahead of evolving threats.
Speaking at the opening of the Regional Counter Terrorism Training Center in Kanyonyoo, Kitui County, Dr Omollo highlighted the government's intensified efforts in collaboration with various agencies to mitigate terror-related activities.
“There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution to the terrorism problem. It takes various approaches and continuous efforts to stay ahead of evolving threats,” mentioned PS Omollo.
Established in partnership with the United States Government, the state-of-the-art training centre is a significant milestone in Kenya's counter-terrorism initiatives.
It offers a wide range of courses and advanced tactical operations training to enhance law enforcement agencies' capacity.
Dr. Omollo emphasized that this project would solidify Kenya's position as a regional leader in counter-terrorism.
To date, 264 Border Patrol officers (BPU) have undergone training at the centre, with more expected to join.
The facility aims to strengthen the BPU's ability to respond to terrorism in volatile areas by equipping officers with specialized weapons and tactical skills applicable to urban and rural settings.
The operationalization of the training centre will serve as a strategic hub for regional training, enabling officers to adopt effective techniques for minimizing security threats.
It will also facilitate cooperation and information sharing among countries grappling with similar security challenges.
Dr Omollo stressed the importance of collaborative efforts in combating terrorism and safeguarding peace and prosperity. He acknowledged the enduring partnership between Kenya and the United States, advocating for enhanced resource sharing in the fight against terrorism.
The PS expressed eagerness to continue partnering with the US in intelligence sharing, capacity building, and infrastructure development.
“We look forward to a sustained working relationship with the US Government and its Agencies and hope to strengthen institutionalized liaisons between our states to overcome communication barriers that sometimes stand in our way to effective operations,” he concluded.
The event was attended by notable figures, including Deputy Inspector General of Police Noor Gabow, Deputy Director of Criminal Investigations Nicholas Kamwende, representatives from the US Bureau of Counter-Terrorism and the Antiterrorism Assistance Program, as well as commandants from the Border Police Unit and representatives from the US Embassy in Nairobi.
Dr Omollo commended the unwavering dedication of security agencies in maintaining law and order and protecting the country's sovereignty.
Establishing the Regional Counter Terrorism Training Center marks a significant step forward in Kenya's ongoing commitment to combating terrorism and ensuring the safety of its citizens.