The British Peace Support Team (BPST) Africa have joined forces the Kenyan Rural Border Police Unit (RBPU) to help stop the theft of weapon systems by ensuring armouries are delivered safely to remote regions located along the border with Somalia.
Stopping the theft of weapon systems is seen as key in controlling who has access to them legally.
In 2013, the British Government donated equipment to the Rural Border Patrol Unit (RBPU) to enhance their ability to patrol and monitor the challenging terrain along Kenya’s borders. The equipment, valued at total of £600,000, consisted of three secure High Frequency radios, 23 vehicles and 55 trauma medical packs.
Two troop carrying trucks, two water-bowsers, 37 VHF secure radios and 12 hand-held metal detectors to the Kenyan Government for use by the RBPU on the Kenya-Somali border were also donated by the British High Commission the year before.
The basic equipment cost was totalled at £600,000 with the vehicles costing £530,000, radios £55,000 and medical kits £15,000.