UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, accompanied by Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, today (10 October) visited British and Kenyan Troops who were taking part in a joint exercise as part of the expanding defence relationship between the two countries.
The British Army presence in Kenya consists of two main elements: The British Peace Support Team (BPST) and the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK).
BATUK is a permanent training support unit based mainly in Nanyuki, 200 km north of Nairobi, but with a small rear element in Kahawa Barracks, just outside Nairobi.
It provides the logistic support to visiting units and consists of around 56 permanent staff and reinforcing short tour cohort of another 110 personnel.
Under an agreement with the Kenyan Government, six infantry battalions per year carry out six-week exercises in Kenya. There are also three Royal Engineer Squadron exercises which carry out civil engineering projects and two medical company group deployments which provide primary health care assistance to the civilian community.
Ambassador Raychelle Omamo
Ambassador Omamo is a Senior Counsel and was the first female Chairperson of the Law Society of Kenya after studying Law at the University of Kent in Canterbury.
She was the first female Kenyan Ambassador to France, Portugal and the Republic of Serbia. She is also Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Kenya to UNESCO.
Omamo has made a substantial contribution to the advancementof the rule of law in Kenya and to the development of legislationand policy, including being a Member of the Task Force on the Establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Kenya and a member of the Task Force on the Review of Landlord and Tenant Legislation.