UK defence minister faces call for inquiry into 2012 killing of Kenyan woman | British army

The UK defence secretary, Ben Wallace, is dealing with calls to launch an investigation into a doable cover-up after nobody was held accountable for the alleged killing of a 21-year previous Kenyan woman by a number of off-duty British troopers.

John Healey, the shadow defence secretary, described the 2012 killing of Agnes Wanjiru, a intercourse employee, as “dreadful” and referred to as for Wallace to “take this more seriously”.

It occurred on the Lions Court resort in Nanyuki, central Kenya, the place British troopers had been reportedly consuming and having intercourse with intercourse staff, according to the Sunday Times.

The id of Wanjiru’s killer was “an open secret” as he had confessed to colleagues in a panic on the time, the paper reported. But the principle suspect, who has not been named, stated he had by no means been questioned. He denies involvement and now lives in England.

On Sunday, Jane Marriott, the British excessive commissioner in Nairobi, stated senior army officers from the UK can be in Kenya within the coming weeks and “will be discussing Ms Wanjiru’s murder and UK support to the Kenyan investigation”.

A spokesperson for Wallace additionally stated he was “impatient with the pace” of a Kenyan investigation into the killing and “has directed full cooperation”.

“He is working with the military and Kenyan police to ensure their investigation is not impeded,” they stated. However, there is no such thing as a investigation into the killing ongoing by the Royal Military Police and former army leaders, Gen Lord Dannatt, former head of the British army, and Gen Lord Richards of Hertsmonceux, the previous head of the armed forces, instructed the Sunday Times the allegations must be investigated.

A 2019 inquest in Kenya concluded Wanjiru “was murdered by British soldiers” and regardless of Kenyan police investigations and inquiries by Ministry of Defence investigators nobody has been dropped at justice.

The alleged killer is alleged by colleagues to have even proven them Wanjiru’s physique in a septic tank on the resort. She had been stabbed, Kenyan investigators later concluded. Her daughter is now 10 and her sister, Rose, instructed the Sunday Times: “We are poor, but we will not be silent. I know British soldiers killed her. All I can do now is pray they will be caught.”

“The details of this young Kenyan woman’s death are dreadful, yet there’s still no action from defence ministers on reports of grave failings by the British military exposed in this case,” Healey stated.

“There’s been no MoD-led investigation of the soldiers involved and no inquiry into why the MoD failed to respond when Kenyan detectives asked for help. Nine years on, justice must now be done for Agnes and her family.”

He continued: “The defence secretary … should pledge the fullest cooperation to Kenyan detectives and launch an inquiry into any possible cover-up from commanding officers, military police or the MoD. When our forces serve overseas they stand up for British values and these allegations, if proven, would profoundly betray those values.”

The MoD stated its particular investigation department carried out preliminary inquiries in Kenya in 2012, “including providing information about British personnel to the Kenyan police”.

They stated: “Following the conclusion of a Kenyan inquest in 2019, we are aware that the Kenyan authorities are looking into this incident. The jurisdiction for this investigation rests with the Kenyan police, and we are currently in discussions with the Kenyan authorities to determine what support is needed.”

According to the Sunday Times, a Kenyan decide presiding over the 2019 inquest concluded: “I have formed the opinion that Agnes was murdered by British soldiers. It may have been one or two. But what is certain is that it was British soldiers because they were dressed in their uniform.”

The decide stated {that a} damaged mirror and blood had been present in a room on the Lions Court resort and there could have been a “cover-up”.

The newspaper reported {that a} solider, often called Soldier Y, who was within the resort that evening stated the alleged killer got here into the bar the place troopers had been consuming “crying, saying ‘help me, help me’.”

“I said ‘what do you mean?’,” Soldier Y reportedly instructed the paper. “[He said] ‘I’ve killed her.’ [I said] ‘What do you mean, you’ve killed her? Show me.”

He stated the suspected killer led him and different troopers to the septic tank behind one of the lodges on the resort confirmed them the woman inside.

The alleged killer instructed the paper his involvement was a “rumour” put about by colleagues and stated “there’s no real truth in it”.

On Sunday, the UK’s present excessive commissioner in Nairobi, Jane Marriott, tweeted: “I share the concern about the tragic death of Agnes Wanjiru in 2012 – my thoughts are with her family and the community. I can assure Kenyans that the UK is fully cooperating with the investigation and will help in any way we can. The conduct of the UK military here is incredibly important to us. They do a lot of good in Nanyuki, for the economy and the community. But where there are issues, we have and will address them.”

She added that “senior military visitors from the UK” can be in Kenya within the coming weeks and “will be discussing Ms Wanjiru’s murder and UK support to the Kenyan investigation”.

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