The UK Government officially handed over C-IED Equipment to the Humanitarian Peace Support School. The ceremony was graced by James Heappey UK Minister for Armed Forces, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa Cabinet Secretary for Defence, Jane Marriot UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Major General Matiri GOC, Brigadier Ronnie UK Advisor to Kenya, Colonel Alex Wilson BPST(A) Commander, and Brigadier Joyce Sitienei Director IPSTC. 

In his speech, James Heappey, UK Minister for Armed forces assured the various stakeholders of continued partnership. He reiterated the importance of CIED Training to the military. He emphasized the issue of CIED Training as a confidence booster to the troops as it emboldens their effectiveness in the delivery of service. 

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The Cabinet Secretary appreciated the UK Government's support in institutional development and capacity building over the years. Through the Defence Cooperation Agreement, the collaboration between the two states is strengthened.

The CIED Training is conducted in line with three pillars; Preparing the force, Defeating the device, and Attacking the network.

The director highlighted possible areas for collaboration with the UK Government which include; trainers from diverse nationalities on a permanent basis and maintenance of the equipment.

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On Saturday, 11 September 2021, the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) hosted H.E Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia in her capacity as the United Nations Global Advocate for Every Woman Every Child. H.E Kersti Kaljulaid was received by IPSTC Director, Brigadier Joyce Sitienei alongside the Cabinet Secretary of Defence Dr. Amb. Monica Juma and the Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi.

During her speech delivery, Director IPSTC exemplified the key role that the Centre continues to play in enhancing regional peace and security through training, research and education. Over the years, the Centre, through its Gender policy has integrated gender mainstreaming with an annual average of 33% of its military, police and civilian participants being females. The Centre also takes pride in offering United Nations accredited courses like Child Protection and other courses with a gender dimension such as Protection of Civilians and Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) courses. These efforts continue to equip peacekeepers with the necessary skills in the protection of vulnerable groups in conflict environments especially women and children.

In her appointment as the United Nations Global Advocate for Every Woman Every Child, H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid highlighted Estonia’s active role in peace support operations as a NATO member state in Mali and Central Africa Republic. As a champion for multilateralism and addressing inequality through leveraging technology as an ‘equalizer of opportunity’ to reach those left furthest behind, she emphasized on the need for collective action in ensuring suffering on women and children in conflict environments is alleviated. H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid reaffirmed the United Nations efforts in addressing major challenges faced by women, children and adolescents through Every Woman Every Child global movement. "When women and children are lost, generations are lost. That is why their security is of importance," she said.

Most importantly, H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid cautioned on the changing nature of convectional conflicts to cyber warfare. She posited that there is need to address emerging cyber security warfare and its equally devastating effects it has on societies and the international community. She remarked that the Government of Estonia through its Non-Permanent Membership seat in the United Nations Security Council will continually call upon collective efforts in ensuring that the world becomes adept to cyber security threats.

General Robert Kibochi lauded H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid’s efforts in realising United Nations Millennium Development Goals through the fulfilment of Every Woman Every Child movement mandate. He pointed out on the need for global efforts to address environmental challenges both as triggers and products of conflicts. ‘The Kenya Defence Forces through its Environmental Soldier Programme continues to put environmental issues at the heart of its peace support operations.

The event culminated with a tree planting exercise by H. E. Kersti Kaljulaid led by Dr. Amb. Monica Juma and Brigadier Joyce Sitienei.


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