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UK expels Kenyan military officers in diplomatic row

02 July 2014, 12:21

Nairobi - The UK has expelled five senior Kenyan military officers who were being trained in their territory following a diplomatic row with the Kenyan government.
More than 700 British soldiers have been left stranded in Nairobi following the row which kicked off last week, The Standard reports.

Sources said the expulsion was part of the UK’s pressure on Kenya over the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will allow Britain to bring more troops to Kenya to be trained at their Nanyuki base.

The existing MoU expires in April 2015 and Kenya has introduced new terms, which the UK does not seem to agree with.

In the new rules, Kenya wants British soldiers who come for training be held accountable for any crimes they commit while in the country as opposed to the current MoU which protects the soldiers from any form of prosecution.

Kenya also wants also wants soldiers who bear children with locals to be forced to pay for the children’s upkeep.

 - For more visit The Standard

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