UK Government has opened a new army barracks in Nanyuki, Kenya.
The new facility was unveiled by UK’s Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace, on Tuesday, January 26. He was accompanied by Kenya's Defense Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma.
The new Nyati Barracks was officially opened at the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) in Nanyuki as part of a two-day visit to Kenya by the UK’s Secretary of State for Defence.
Wallace took a tour of the refurbished facility and addressed both Kenyan and British troops at the facility, as well some of the hundreds of Kenyans employed by the base.
“I’m delighted to open the Nyati Barracks with Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma as we continue to strengthen our defence partnership together.
“We both have ambitions to make more of the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK), with Kenyan and British soldiers training alongside each other as partners," stated Wallace.
“We want to develop the facility to something beyond just training – and use it as a demonstration of our deepening partnership," he added.
UK High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriot, who attended the event, noted that the new barracks reinforced the strong friendship between Kenya and UK.
“Our joint training with Kenyan Defence Forces is one of the many fantastic examples of our partnership on security with Kenya.
"After agreeing a refreshed Security Compact this week, our work together at Nyati Barracks is another sign of our enduring friendship," stated Marriot.
BATUK has been a key component of the British Army’s light roll training delivery for many years, enabling battle-groups to undertake state of the art training in arduous conditions up to five times a year.
The Covid-19 health crisis necessitated a pause in training activities in 2020. Every year 10,000 British troops exercise in Kenya, however, due to the limitations caused by the pandemic, in 2020, 4,500 troops were trained.