advertisement

Economy

Cabinet okays bill setting up agency to safeguard coastline

President Uhuru Kenyatta signs a Bill into law at State House, Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG
President Uhuru Kenyatta signs a Bill into law at State House, Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Cabinet has approved the Kenya Coast Guard Service Bill, setting in motion the country’s long-held plan of having a special agency to protect its coastline.

The Bill, which was signed on Thursday during a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta, has been on ice for three years.

The proposed law seeks to guide the establishment of a Kenya Coast Guard Service (KCGS) as a specialised law-enforcement agency to deal with maritime issues, a role currently undertaken by the Kenya Navy.

“The Kenya Navy is not legally and operationally equipped for law enforcement, particularly in territorial and international waters,” states the Cabinet’s brief.