British High Commissioner to Kenya Visits Humanitarian Peace Support School in Nairobi

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British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott OBE, IPSTC Director Brig Charles Mwazighe, Senior Kenyan and British Military Officers keenly following the demonstration on how to Counter the Improvised Explosive Devices at the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS).

24 August, 2020.

The British High Commissioner to Kenya Ms. Jane Marriott OBE visited the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) in Nairobi Kenya. This visit marked the official return of United Kingdom supported Counter IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) training to HPSS since the COVID-19 disruption.

The main focus of her visit was to cement the solid partnership the UK has with HPSS and get a glance at how the trainees at the college were faring and addressing COVID-19 challenges.

The High Commissioner was hosted by the Director International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) Brigadier Charles Mwazighe.

In her words, she reiterated that the United Kingdom (UK) was committed to helping Kenya and AMISOM as a whole in the war against Al Shabaab terror group.

To this end, the school established with the support of the UK government in 2016, has so far trained IED disposal experts on how to detect and disarm IED’s.

The High Commissioner highlighted the importance of the courses stating that owing to the training, the number of IED casualties has decreased by 11 percent despite the 5 percent increase of IED incidences over the last year. She noted that the reduction in potential casualties is quite a big deal.

Also speaking during the visit Brigadier C Mwazighe added that the trainees were taught how to find, isolate, and disarm IEDs. He further stated that due to the danger posed by the continuous sophistication of IED’s built, the troops are provided with Bomb suits for their safety.

Addressing Covid-19 mitigation measures instituted at HPSS and the challenges to pre-planned courses, Brigadier Mwazighe indicated that although courses had been temporarily halted, they are slowly resuming following the guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
“For the trainees, once they resume the course, they are put under lockdown and regular testing is carried out to ensure they all remain COVID-19 negative” he said.

During the visit, the High Commissioner got a glimpse of what the training sessions entail after seeing a demonstration that was carried out by students.

British High Commissioner to Kenya Ms. Jane Marriott OBE signs the visitors’ book during her visit at HPSS Nairobi, Kenya.British High Commissioner to Kenya Ms. Jane Marriott OBE signs the visitors’ book during her visit to HPSS Nairobi, Kenya.
A demonstration on how to search and handle Improvised Explosive Devices at the Humanitarian Peace Support School.A demonstration on how to search and handle Improvised Explosive Devices at the Humanitarian Peace Support School.
IPSTC Director Brig Charles Mwazighe in discussions with British High Commissioner to Kenya Ms. Jane Marriott OBE as other Senior Military Officers follow the conversation.IPSTC Director Brig Charles Mwazighe in discussions with British High Commissioner to Kenya Ms. Jane Marriott OBE as other Senior Military Officers follow the conversation.
British High Commissioner to Kenya Ms. Jane Marriott OBE engaging one of the instructors during a Counter IED training demonstration at HPSS.British High Commissioner to Kenya Ms. Jane Marriott OBE engaging one of the instructors during a Counter IED training demonstration at HPSS.