Bill proposes an armed force to fight terrorism, maritime crime

Kenya navy officers on patrol in the Indian Ocean. The navy is not legally and operationally equipped to handle maritime crimes. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The Kenya Coast Guard Service will also be deployed alongside Kenya Defence Forces to protect the country in times of war.

  • Kenyans have until Monday to submit views on the bill to the clerk of the National Assembly.

  • According to the bill, individuals who have served in the police force, intelligence and military will form the rank and file of the Coast Guard.

  • Professionals will also be seconded to the guard from the Public Service Commission.

Kenya could soon have an armed force that will predominantly operate in the high seas with orders to fight pirates, drug and gun traffickers, terrorists and other maritime criminals.

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