Kenya, UK promise justice for woman killed by soldiers

A relative at the grave site of Agnes Wanjiru, who was killed by British soldiers and her body dumped in septic tank. [File, Standard]

Kenya and the UK are exploring ways to ensure justice for Agnes Wanjiru, who was killed by British soldiers.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki said there were behind-the-scenes talks to resolve the matter amicably. “The matter is being handled quietly and diplomatically,” Kindiki said, without giving details.

Wanjiru, 21, was last seen in the company of British troops at a hotel in Nanyuki in March 2012 before her mutilated body was discovered three months later near the British Army Training Unit Kenya barracks.

Kindiki spoke after a meeting with the UK Security Minister Tom Tugendhat at the Harambee House.

But the CS said Wanjiru’s murder was not a subject of discussion yesterday.

Kindiki said the two countries had, among other things, agreed to expand cooperation in dealing with terrorism, cybercrime, transnational organised crime, illicit financial flows and human trafficking.

The deal was first agreed in 2015, reviewed in 2018 and finally put into paper yesterday.

Kindiki said the cooperation was aimed at at ensuring a safe and stable environment for citizens in the two countries.

Tugendhat said under the new arrangement, the National Police Service will benefit from training by their counterparts in the UK.

“Working together is the only way to secure the British people just as is the only way to secure the Kenyan people. This partnership building on a long history of friendship is exactly what we need to be doing together,” he said.

He said the action plan would be implemented within two weeks to ensure effective execution of the agreement.

The new phase of the engagement also includes a letter of intent for cooperation between Kenya and the UK on information sharing regarding maritime security.

Bruno Shioso, the Director-General of the Kenya Coast Guard Service, was also present at the event. Others present includes DCI boss Mohammed Amin, IG Japhet Koome and PS Raymond Omollo.