By Civic Space Africa
Mombasa, Kenya 20th July, 2022
A facility expected to enhance the capacity of the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) in investigating and combating terrorism is now operational at the Kenya’s coast region. The modern building, which was put up with the support of the British High Commission and the United Nations Office On Drugs And Crime (UNODC), is designed to meet the International Human Rights standards.
Commissioning the facility, Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i, said the station “will provide an internationally compliant facility where most terrorist suspects can be held and relevant criminal justice agencies can work together on counter terrorism cases, supporting more effective counter terrorism investigations within the coastal region”. Kenya faces the problem of radicalization of the youth into terrorism.
There have been a number of arrests of terrorism suspects, trials and convictions owing mainly to the country’s capacity to effectively prevent, investigate and prosecute terrorism, counter-terrorism financing and money laundering through legislation and partnerships of several security agencies.