Members of the multi-agency disaster response team including Police Service and St Johns Ambulance evacuate an injured person during the simulation of a terror attack.
Defence Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ambassador Raychelle Omamo presided over the first Multi-Agency Rapid Response Capability Exercise Maliza Magaidi on 9th June 2016 at the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) Embakasi, Nairobi.
Speaking after witnessing a variety of drills carried out at the exercise, the CS expressed her pleasure in attending the event, noting the importance and relevance of it in bringing together all security and emergency response agencies, particularly in dealing with terrorist attacks and other security emergencies.
“The East African region, just like other regions globally, is prone to terrorism, which calls for building of capacity as a country to respond appropriately to challenges posed by terrorism”, she said.
The CS encouraged the participants to continue working together just as they had demonstrated at the Exercise Maliza Magaidi. She thanked the organizers for the first of a kind event of that nature, hoping further exercises would take place in future.
During the exercise, the CS and other dignitaries were taken through various briefings and demonstrations, which culminated in a simulation of a typical terrorist attack within a township in a hypothetical country “Lukenya” and how combined agencies would respond to the attack. The simulation included an attack on a bus stop along Jambo Street, a diversionary attack on an office block resulting in fire outbreak, an accident involving a vehicle carrying hazardous material along Jambo Street, terrorist attack on Sheraton Hotel and a Bus Stop attack. The exercise demonstrated how the stages would develop from first, second and third responders.
The Exercise Maliza Magaidi ran between 2nd June 2016 and 10th June 2016 through different phases including the clinic phase, the command post exercise phase, field training exercise and the action review. Spearheaded by the National Security Advisory Council, its objectives were to demonstrate Kenya’s preparedness and effectiveness in response to threats, to consolidate lessons from past experiences and improve interoperability between agencies, to improve on readiness and preparedness of all security agencies and enhance standard operating procedures on response to crisis on the multiagency platform.
The exercise brought together 352 participants gathered from the Kenya Defence Forces, the Kenya Police Service, the National Intelligence Service, Kenya Prisons, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, National Youth Service, National Disaster Operations Centre and the National Counter Terrorism Centre. The Kenya Defence Forces was represented by 67 personnel.
During her visit to the Humanitarian Peace Support School, the CS was accompanied by the Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon, Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Leonard Ngondi, Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Samuel Thuita, Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu, senior military officers and chiefs of other security organs.
Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe is received by Brigadier Nderitu during the Kenyan Multi – Agency Rapid Response Capability(Ex- Maliza Magaidi) held at HPSS on 9th June 16.
Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe greets Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Leonard Ngondi as Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett looks on.
Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Leonard Ngondi having a word with Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett.
Revelers at Stella’s Pub in Amani Township scamper for safety during the simulation of a terrorist attack.