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US security officials in Kenya to combat insecurity

06 October 2014, 09:22 Magdalyn Mwaniki

Nakuru - At least 15 security officers from the United States of America are in the country to offer expertise on insecurity and to find regional solutions to increasingly transnational threats, the US Deputy Ambassador to Kenya has said.

As part of the US commitment to help combat insecurity in Africa, President Obama recently announced a new comprehensive approach to strengthen Kenya’s security sector and its capacity to address threats.

While hosting 51 African leaders at the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington recently, President Obama said there was no doubt that insecurity continues to threaten and slow economic growth.

This comes as Britain relaxed its travel advisories on some parts of Kenya, a move experts say will boost the ailing tourism sector.

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Speaking in Nakuru, the US Deputy Ambassador to Kenya, Isiah Parnell said the U S is committed in working with Kenya in addressing various challenges.

“The US and Kenya have continuously worked together in sectors like agriculture, food programmes, education and security,” Isiah said.

Parnell added that this continues to strengthen the 50-year partnership that has existed between the two countries which saw 7 000 Kenyans acquire visas to study in the United States of America.

The Deputy Ambassador was speaking in Nakuru while launching an American Corner at the Kenya National Library Services.

American Corners provide information about US culture and history, offer English teaching and learning materials, and promote academic study in the United States.

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American Corners also offer a platform where alumni of US government-sponsored programs can share their experiences.

Currently, there are 395 American Corners in the world with over 90 of them being in Africa. 

American Corner Nakuru will be the fourth in Kenya and first in Nakuru County.

Other American Corners are located in Kisumu, Lamu and Nairobi, in partnership with the Kenya National Library Service, the National Museums of Keny, and the Muslim Education and Welfare Association respectively.

A new American Corner will be launched at Moi University Nairobi Campus later this year.   

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