DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS LEGAL SERVICES HOSTS A WORKSHOP FOR COURT MARTIAL JUDGE ADVOCATES

On Tuesday, 23rd November 2021, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary for Defence officiated a 2-day workshop for judge advocates from the Judiciary of Kenya taking up Court Martial Duties at the International Peace Support Training Centre. 

The seminar which was presided over by Brigadier Y K Kirui, Chief of Legal Services Defence Headquarters aims at enhancing the advocates' knowledge on the mandate of the court-martial and the military justice system. A total of 12 members of the judiciary, as well as military legal officers, are participating in the workshop to improve understanding on the mandate of the Court Martial.

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During the 2 day period, the 12 advocates will cover the following issues; Importance of Military Discipline, Relationship between Military Discipline/ Command Structure and Rule of Law, Military Justice System and Limitation of Constitutional Rights, Provost Services and Investigation, Service Law whose scope is (KDF Act 2012, Rules & Regulations, Defence Forces Standing Orders/ Instructions).

The Court Martial is mandated to enforce laws as per the Kenya Defence Forces Act 2012. The court-martial which falls under the subordinate courts is semi-autonomous. Judge advocates serving in the court are appointed by the Chief Justice and are responsible for the proper discharge of functions to the Chief Justice.

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THE DIRECTOR OF FINNISH DEFENCE FORCES INTERNATIONAL CENTRE (FINCENT) VISITS THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE SUPPORT TRAINING CENTER

IPSTC was honoured to host the FINCENT Director Lieutenant Colonel Von Bonscdorff together with his delegation. The meeting which was chaired by Col G G Marrow Commandant PCSS, aimed at chartering possible partnerships between the two centers with a specific interest in capacity building.

During the discussion, it was ascertained that both institutions share similarities in the conduct of training courses for peace support operations. Thus the need for collaborative endeavors to exploit best practices and issues of mutual benefit.

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FINCENT was founded in 1969 and is part of the National Defence University, Finland. The institution organizes and conducts training for personnel in the United Nations, European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and Africa Union. Currently, the African Integrated Peace Operation Course(AIPC) is being conducted by FINCENT's Mobile Education Team here in Nairobi.

The meeting was concluded with a photo session and a tour of the institution.

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INTEGRATED DISARMAMENT DEMOBILIZATION REINTEGRATION TRAINING GROUP ANNUAL MEETING

On behalf of the Director Brig. J C Sitienei, Lt Col Molle, and Ms. Margaret Cheptile are representing IPSTC in the Integrated Disarmament Demobilization Reintegration Training Group(IDDRTG) Annual Meeting which will run through 2-5 November 2021 at KAIPTC, Accra Ghana.

In this meeting, IPSTC is applying to be an official member of the IDDRTG. IDDRTG is composed of international organizations and training institutes with a common goal of developing and sharing training materials on issues relating to DDR. It develops training for DDR practitioners from international and regional organizations- military, police, NGOs, civil society, and the research community.

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The official members of IDDRTG include BICC, FBA, CCCPA, KAIPTC, EMP, and UNITAR among others. The strategic members constitute of UN, AU, and EU.

The aim is to provide an integrated approach to DDR with a focus on planning, management, and implementation of the process, to ensure well-trained personnel.
 
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