Kenyan National Intelligence Services Team Visit ACSRT

Kenyan visit

A team from the Kenyan Intelligence Services led by Major General (Rtd) Philip Kameru, the Director General, paid a courtesy call on the AU Special Representative of Counter Terrorism Cooperation and also the Director of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), Larry Gbevlo-Lartey Esq. and his staff on 18 April 2017.

The ACSRT Director warmly welcomed the delegation and briefed the team on the mission of the Center. He emphasized the need for AU Member States to actively engage the Centre and support it to deliver on its mandate. He also stressed the need for Member States to task the Centre on areas of study and research, which could be of importance to them. He appealed to the Director General to urge Kenyan scholars to contribute articles to the journal the Centre is mandated to produce annually. He indicated that the Centre has a shortfall in terms of technical expertise hence the need for the secondment of such expertise from Member States. The ACSRT Director commended the noticeable efforts Kenya is undertaking to prevent and combat Violent Extremism and Terrorism at the regional, national and local community levels.

In his remarks, Major General (Rtd) Philip Kameru, gave an overview of the Kenyan situation and the related Counter-Terrorism(CT) and Prevention and Combating of Violent Extremism(PCVE) response that is being implemented. He indicated that cyber terrorism remains a challenge which ACSRT should research on and make recommendations to Member States. Major General (Rtd) Philip Kameru also recognized the importance of the role of ACSRT and commended the Centre for its good work.

The two dignitaries agreed to deepen the cooperation between Kenya National Intelligence Services and ACSRT.