Nic Hailey attends opening of UK supported Child Protection Unit cyber wing in Kenya

Nic Hailey and George Kinoti
British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Haley and Directorate of Criminal Investigations head George Kinoti plant a tree during the launch of Kenya's first cyber unit dedicated to fighting child sex abuse. Photo: Twitter/DCI_Kenya

British High Commissioner Nic Hailey was among the guests at the opening of the UK funded cyber centre at the Kenyan Police’s anti-human trafficking child protection unit.

The new wing, which was announced as part of a co-operation pact by Prime Minister Theresa May during her visit to Kenya last year, will support the investigators and other care specialists to tackle issues of serious child abuses in the country.

DCI Kenya cyber wing opening
The New Wing will support the investigators & other care specialists to tackle issue of Serious Child Abuses in Kenya. Photo: Twitter/DCI_Kenya

DCI Director George Kinoti thanked the British High Commission in Kenya, UNODC and other development partners for their support and help in capacity building, mentorship and resource mobilisation.

DCI Kenya cyber wing opening
Some of the guests at the opening of the unit which is the first of its kind in Africa. Photo: Twitter/DCI_Kenya

Speaking at yesterday’s opening, UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey pledged the support of the British government’s to track foreigners who abuse children in Kenya.

Nic Hailey at DCI Kenya cyber wing launch
Nic Hailey speaking at the opening of the cyber wing Kenya Police’s anti-human trafficking child protection unit. Photo: Twitter/DCI_Kenya

“Nothing is more important than protecting the children of Kenya; it’s heartbreaking to see adults from my country and also from other countries traveling to Kenya with an aim of coming to abuse children. I want to give assurance that even if children abusers come from my country I will work with my team to ensure they are put behind bars,” Mr Hailey said.

“Online child sex abuse is a global problem with images created and shared across the world, including in Kenya. This new centre will help the Kenyan authorities stop this vice and hence protect children from being ill-treated. We will also work with the Kenya police to ensure that British paedophiles targeting and abusing vulnerable children in the country are brought to justice,” he added.

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