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Germany won't shut down its offices in Kenya

19 June 2014, 15:07 Harrison Mbungu

Lamu - Germany has said it will neither shut down its offices nor issue travel advisories to its staff in Kenyan soil amid the insecurity threats in the country, but will instead help Kenya to counter terrorism.

German Ambassador to Kenya, Andreas Peschke has maintained that his country is committed and will continue to offer any necessary security support to the Kenyan government in their move to counter terrorism and other general crimes in the country.

Last week, the British government closed its consulate in Mombasa for fear of terror attacks.

Addressing the press at the Mombasa police headquarters, Peschke said terror is a global threat adding that his country was determined to support Kenya in the fight against terror.

“We must defeat terror and for us to do so, we need technological equipment,” he said.

Peschke however urged the Kenyan security agents to up their game as laxity could derail the country’s economic growth. He said German wants to offer security support because Kenya is and will be a good investment zone for Germans.

Eight motorbikes, computers, CCTV cameras, fingerprints equipment and other security apparatus are among the items the Germany government issued to coast police departments.

According to the Germany police Liaison Officer, Gidi Ebers, the security state in the country needs cordial support from other external bodies to ensure safety and enhance economic growth.

According to the Mombasa Deputy County Commander, Sevelino Kubai, the equipment will be used to counter terrorism, marine crime and other insecurity threats in the coastal region.

He added that at least 30 police officers from the entire coastal region are receiving special training in Mombasa through the support of the Germany government.

Kubai, who spoke to the press after receiving the equipment, said the support was timely as police were in need of more equipment to combat insecurity threats in Mpeketoni.

So far, over 60 people have been confirmed dead following the Sunday massacre in Mpeketoni.

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