The United States Ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter, has donated 40,000 face masks to the Border Police Unit (BPU) to help them maintain a healthy and effective force during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The donation, which was funded by the Department of State’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, will help the BPU to protect all of their personnel with face masks as they secure Kenya’s borders.
The officers will also be issued with extra face masks to give to people who do not that the protective wear.
Speaking during the presentation on Friday, 22nd May, McCarter said: “The Covid-19 crisis reminds us all of the importance of establishing and maintaining secure borders. The Border Police Unit has been a valuable and enthusiastic partner of the United States, and we are proud to support them in their critical role of securing Kenya’s borders.
“We hope these facemasks will help the BPU strengthen the bonds they have formed with the people they protect and serve while supporting the health of Kenyans living in border areas.”
Deputy Inspector-General of Adminstration Police Service Noor Gabow said that the US had been a consistent partner of Kenya and a firm supporter of the BPU in the fight against terrorism.
“Now that we face another common enemy in the coronavirus, we welcome the support of our friend and partner in helping us protect and serve the Kenyan people,” he said.
The donation is the latest demonstration of USA Marafiki and the long-standing commitment of the United States to help Kenya preserve and maintain both its physical security and public health.