Defence CS Aden Duale Turns to Denmark in 2-Year Maritime Deal


Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale, on Tuesday, signed a two-year deal with Denmark’s Ambassador to Kenya Stephan Schønemann set to boost the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and other security apparatus. 

The two leaders signed the Implementing Partner Agreement on Maritime Cooperation which will run between 2024 and 2026. As stipulated by the agreement, Denmark will help Kenya deal with maritime threats along the coastline.

It will also aid the East African country in combating piracy, terrorism and violent extremism, especially at a time when the government is tracking down the most wanted 35 terror suspects.

During the meeting, CS Duale emphasised that Kenya was focused on investing in critical infrastructure to enhance maritime security and create an environment for trade and commerce for itself and neighbouring nations.

Defence CS Aden Duale (centre) alongside other officials from Kenya and Denmark on Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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KDF

“The leaders explored other areas of possible future cooperation including cyber security which they said are of mutual benefit to the citizens of the two States,” read part of the statement from the CS.

Additionally, Duale lauded the European nation for the continued support of Kenya especially in training and education programs at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) through the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) in Embakasi.

Denmark has also backed Kenya in various programs and outreaches conducted by the East African Standby Forces (EASF).

Duale further met with the Vice Minister and Director General for Political Affairs of the Netherlands Marcel de Vink with discussions centred around growing Kenya’s shipbuilding technologies.

Through the exchange program, Duale emphasised that Kenya will be able to enhance maritime security and boost the blue economy.

He further revealed that Kenya was also working to secure the Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) which will allow the two countries to engage in more military training, maritime security, research and development, and military exchanges.

On the war against terror, Interior CS Kithure Kindiki on Tuesday announced that the government was reviewing a few covert and overt interventions to deal with threats to national security.

Kindiki added the government was working to establish more security facilities and review the existing operational capabilities and durable solutions to complex security threats.

The CS while speaking in Lamu, revealed that the first batch of security equipment worth Ksh7 billion was ready to be handed over to security apparatus. 

“We must neutralise and dominate the enemy from all angles and ensure that our country is safe and our people can work, live and invest in peace and without any fear,’ the CS added.

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki engaging frontline officers at Salama Camp on Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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