Kenya security agencies and emergency responders participated in the second ever two week Kenya National Multi-Agency Exercise held at the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS), in Embakasi Garrison, from 19th June to 29th June 2017. The first phase of the Ministry of Interior-led exercise codenamed Exercise Dumisha Utulivu 2017 was opened and closed by the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Interior and Coordination of National Government Major General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery.
In his speech, the CS said that this was a momentous occasion for all personnel from the security sector to come together and train as one team thus setting the pace for the rest of their colleagues in the counties in planning and conducting similar exercises within their areas.
“I expect that the high standards of training exercises will be well utilized in the service of our people, thereby allowing you to contribute positively to the growth of our nation. The responsibility is enormous, yet noble, and therefore, we cannot succeed in this endeavour without support from other stakeholders in the sector.” Said the CS.
The CS reiterated that the knowledge segment of multi-agency training was important to all the security apparatus since they formed one common goal of enhancing security across the country, adding that there can be easy coordination of tasks should there be need.
“The training exercise was therefore meant to enhance our capacity to collectively address security challenges. The exercise was also meant to improve coordination between the various security agencies and key stakeholders thus improving the readiness and also strengthening synergy between all the security agencies and stakeholders.” Added the CS.
In conclusion, the CS stated that the training exercise was meant to improve performance adding that the knowledge gained from the exercise is of great importance in enhancing ability to collectively and coherently respond to security challenges together as one team.
“Our desire and hope is that the continued training will build the capacity of security personnel and other stakeholders in reacting to incidents of insecurity within our borders as one. I am happy to note that all the objectives that were set out at the beginning of this exercise have been met. The experience and the lessons learnt during this exercise and others that we have previously conducted will serve us well during the elections.”
The Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, the Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe and the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet all stressed in their addresses the core value of security agencies being apolitical and impartial in the conduct of their mandate of ensuring a safe, secure and peaceful environment before, during and after the 2017 General Elections.
Five hundred and thirty personnel representing the eight regions and 47 counties participated in the exercise whose theme was Improving Multi-Agency Coordination Through Cohesion and Synergy in Response to Crises. The represented personnel and agencies included Regional Commissioners, County Commissioners, and personnel from Kenya Defence Forces, National Police Service, National Intelligence Service, Kenya Prisons Service, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forestry Service, National Youth Service, National Counter Terrorism Centre, National Disaster Operations Centre, Kenyatta National Hospital, and Nairobi County Fire Brigade.
Exercise Dumisha Utulivu 2017 was divided into four phases: Clinic, Command Post Exercise, Field Training Exercise and After Action Review. The command elements were further divided into County, Regional and National Multi-Agency Coordination Centres in response to crises before, during and after the 2017 general elections. The exercise participants practiced on crowd control, response to a hostage situation in a mall, response to election officials being held hostage and casualty evacuation, among many other simulated scenarios. KDF’s Special Forces, Administration Police Rapid Deployment Unit and the Rural Border Patrol Unit and the GSU’s Recce showcased their various capabilities in different simulations of crises situations.
In June last year, 2016, HPSS hosted the first ever one week Multi-Agency Rapid Response Capability Exercise codenamed Exercise Maliza Magaidi which showcased the agencies response to terrorism related cases.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Hon Joseph Nkaissery addressing exercise participants.
Inspector General of Police Mr.Joseph Boinnet addressing exercise participants during the closing of Exercise Dumisha Utulivu at the Humanitarian Peace Support School Embakasi
Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe makes his remarks during the closing ceremony of Exercise Dumisha Utulivu 2017 .
Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb Raychelle Omamo is briefed on the operation of National Disaster Management Cell.
Exercise participants during the closing ceremony.
Kenya Air Force’s helicopter Bell Huey II drops Rapid Deployment Squadron soldiers in a simulated crisis zone.
Assistance Chief of the Defence Forces in charge of Operations, Doctrine and Training Major General Adan Mulata (left) and Exercise Director Major General Thomas Chepkuto visit exercise cells.
KDF’s casualty evacuation team showcases its capability in a simulated exercise.
A simulation exercise by demonstrators during Exercise Dumisha Utuilivu.