President Kenyatta thanks UK for helping to establish Kenya Child Protection Unit

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Nic Hailey with Supdt Grace at the launch of the new Kenyan Child Protection Unit. (Photos: Twitter/HCNicHailey)

During the handover of seven ambulances bought with the proceeds of the Smith and Ouzman corruption case, President Kenyatta thanked the United Kingdom Government and High Commissioner Nick Hailey for helping in the establishment of the Kenya Child Protection Unit.

Kenya’s first police unit dedicated to fighting child sexual exploitation and abuse was officially launched in Nairobi on 17 October 2016 with support from the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency United Kingdom (NCA).

Nic Hailey with Supdt Grace. Photo: Twitter/HCNicHailey

The unit, which has been operational since April 2016, comprises of 12 officers from the National Police Service of Kenya, as well as a member of children’s services.

Speaking at the handover of the ambulances yesterday, President Kenyatta said: “This unit has been incredibly successful and has so far led to over 250 children being safeguarded with a number of successful and significant prosecutions, including an offender who received life imprisonment for serious child sexual abuse,” said the President.

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