CS Matiang’i vows to prioritize welfare of Kenya’s first all-female SWAT team


CS Matiang'i vows to prioritize welfare of Kenya’s first all-female SWAT team
Part of Sub-Saharan Africa’s first all-female SWAT team during a meeting with Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang'i on October 24, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • Taking to Twitter, the CS stated that he met the commandos over lunch where he promised to prioritize their welfare issues.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i on Thursday met Sub-Saharan Africa’s first all-female Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.

Taking to Twitter, the CS stated that he met the commandos over lunch where he promised to prioritize their welfare issues.

CS Matiang’i on August 9 presided over the graduation of the elite group of 48 commandos whose training include the application of Israeli Krav Maga, multiple weapons handling techniques as well as explosives and IEDs management.

Speaking during the passing-out ceremony in Ngong, the tough-talking CS noted that the new team comes in at a time when the country seeks to handle emerging security threats and hostage crisis promptly and with precision.

According to the Interior CS, the officers are not only ready to thwart terror threats and attacks but have demonstrated unmatched expertise.

“Today gives us confidence as the government that we have the capacity to protect our people and secure our country… Now we can rest assured that we have more officers who can undertake intricate security operations that require specialized approaches,” said Dr. Matiang’i.

On his part Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai committed to progressively increase the contingent in the next intake.

The officers, who are drawn from the Administration Police Service (APS) have so far undergone five months of physical and combat drilling which is the first phase of their 15-months long standardized training.

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