President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Brigadier Vincent Naisho Loonena as the first Director General of the Kenya Coast Guard Service, in an acting capacity.
Loonena has worked with the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) for over 20 years and is the immediate former managing director of the Defence Forces Medical Insurance Scheme.
The President is set to officially launch the Kenya Coast Guard Service on Monday 19, 2018 at Liwatoni in Mombasa.
“The Kenya Coast Guard Service was established by The Coast Guard Service Act 2018, and was operationalised on 22nd October 2018 when the Cabinet Secretary Interior and Coordination of National Government, Dr Fred Matiang’i, gazetted the law,” reads the statement.
The guard will be responsible for protecting the country’s waters against dumping of harmful wastes and pollutants, search and rescue services, and the arrest of illegal fishermen.
Coast Guard Service Council, in charge of the guard, will be chaired by the Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i.
It will comprise of multi-agency security teams and Cabinet Secretaries, including Amb. Raychelle Omamo (Defense), Keriako Tobiko (Environment and Forestry), and James Macharia (Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development).
“Other members are: Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, Gen. Samson Mwathethe, the Inspector General of the National Police Service, Joseph Boinett, the Attorney General, Paul Kihara Kariuki, and representatives from the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Fisheries among others,” reads the statement.
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