President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday launched the newly formed Kenya Coast Guard Service at Liwatoni in Mombasa.
Uhuru said the Coast Guard service will help increase efficiency in protection of maritime resources.
“It will enforce security, safety, and protection of Kenya’s maritime resources,” Uhuru said.
The President appointed Brigadier Vincent Loonena as the pioneer Director General of the Kenya Coast Guard Service last Thursday.
Loonena will oversee the protection of the country’s waters against dumping of harmful wastes and pollutants, search and rescue services, and the arrest of illegal fishermen.
Among those who accompanied Uhuru were Deputy President William Ruto, Mombasa governor Hassan Joho, Leader of Majority Aden Duale and Tourism CS Najib Balala.
The President is also expected to launch the Eat More Fish Campaign to encourage Kenyans to eat more fish.
Source : the-star.