Vehicle donation enhances Kenya’s capability to combat corruption, drug trafficking

The donation also furthers the investigation of transnational criminal organizations, highlighting a commitment to preserve and strengthen the rule of law in Kenya.

By U.S. Embassy in Kenya & U.S. Africa Command U.S. Embassy in Kenya & U.S. Africa Command Nairobi, Kenya Jun 01, 2020
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter delivered 10 Toyota Hilux pickup trucks to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for use by their investigators to combat corruption and drug trafficking. 

“The U.S. is proud to stand alongside Kenya and support our mutual law enforcement efforts,” McCarter said during the handover ceremony May 29. “The important work of the DCI and EACC in rooting out corruption and holding corrupt individuals accountable is critical to a strong democracy.”

The donation furthers efforts between Kenya and the U.S. in anti-corruption and anti-drug trafficking efforts as well as the investigation of transnational criminal organizations, highlighting a commitment to preserve and strengthen the rule of law in Kenya.

"We support Kenya's efforts to counter illicit activity as they modernize security institutions,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven deMilliano, Deputy Director for U.S. Africa Command's Strategy, Engagement, and Programs Directorate.  "This represents just one aspect of our extensive partnership with Kenya as we pursue a more secure environment in support of our mutual interests."

The delivery of vehicles aims to increase and hasten response by Kenyan investigators in difficult-to-reach areas for their operational activities.

The Kenyan DCI Counter Narcotics Program statement for the handover noted, “The DCI has immensely benefitted from the assistance extended by the U.S. Government through the Drug Enforcement Administration, in establishing a Formal Vetted Unit that was subsequently upgraded to a Sensitive Investigative Unit, dedicated to conducting major counter-narcotics investigations with a view to neutralize, dismantle, and prosecute major drugs and narcotrafficking networks at national and international level in order to promote mutual benefit for DEA and the National Police Service.”

“The U.S. has been a great partner to the EACC through valuable technical support, collaboration in capacity building through staff training, and invaluable logistical resources to boost our efficiency, especially in cross border investigations,” noted the statement of the EACC during the handover.

The donation was made by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Africa Command, in coordination with the DEA and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.