On the 1st May, the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) officially returned Nanyuki Showground (NSG) to the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK).
During BATUK’s long history within NSG, it was initially utilised by the British Army on a temporary basis in 1980, before BATUK occupied the site on a permanent basis from 1990.
The Handover Ceremony was an opportunity for the BATUK Commander, Colonel Nick Wood OBE, to thank the ASK CEO, Mr Batram M Muthoka, for their organisation’s help and support throughout BATUK’s use of the site.
He also thanked the numerous BATUK staff who had maintained the site over the years, and assured the ASK of continued future cooperation between the two organisations.
According to BATUK, the return of NSG to the ASK “will not change BATUK’s excellent relationship with the local community, with on-going cooperation and activities still taking place.”
“BATUK’s long association with, and residence in, Nanyuki itself is set to continue, with expansion and investment soon to be completed in a new HQ location; the purpose-built Nyati Barracks, Nanyuki. This new location will enable BATUK to continue to provide world class training to the British Army from within Kenya, and facilitate their training partnership with the Kenyan Defence Force, for many years to come,” they added on their Facebook page.
BATUK will also have a display stand at the ASK Show, which is taking place on 23-26 May.