𝐃𝐄𝐅𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐄 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐈𝐓𝐓𝐄𝐄 𝐋𝐀𝐔𝐍𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐒 𝐈𝐍𝐐𝐔𝐈𝐑𝐘 𝐈𝐍𝐓𝐎 𝐁𝐑𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐒𝐇 𝐓𝐑𝐎𝐎𝐏𝐒 𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐈𝐍 𝐊𝐄𝐍𝐘𝐀
The National Assembly Defence, Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committee has officially launched an inquiry into activities of the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK).
As a result, the Clerk of the National Assembly has invited members of the public and stakeholders to submit memoranda on relevant issues they may wish to draw the attention of the Committee to in relation to the Inquiry.
The Notice follows a decision by the Committee earlier this year to investigate BATUK activities in Laikipia County following a series of complaints from residents and other stakeholders, which came to Members' attention during consideration of the Defence Cooperation Agreement between Kenya and the United Kingdom.
Among concerns brought to the Committee's attention was the alleged murder of Agnes Wanjiru by British soldiers in 2012, the Lolldiaga conservancy fire incident in 2015 allegedly occasioned by BATUK activities in the area and other human rights violations said to have been committed by the visiting soldiers.
"The memoranda should be addressed to the Clerk of the National Assembly, P.O. Box 41842-00100, Nairobi; hand-deliv- ered to the Office of the Clerk, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi; or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; to be received on or before Friday 6th October 2023 at 5.00 p.m," reads part of the notice.
According to the Committee Chairperson, Hon. Nelson Koech, this inquiry would bring to rest key concerns of residents and other stakeholders for better accountability of BATUK on their activities in the country.