IG Principles and Practices Seminar Nairobi, Kenya 17-19 August 2010 By CDR Scott A.

Bell, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Inspector General

NAIROBI, Kenya (August 13, 2010) – At the invitation of the Chief of the Kenyan Ministry of Defence Inspectorate, Brigadier John Wainaina, the U.S. Africa Command Inspector General office conducted an IG familiarization seminar with 20 of their military personnel in Nairobi August17-19. The Kenyan Ministry of Defence Inspectorate includes active duty personnel from the Army, Navy, and the Air Force. The seminar discussions were led by Mr. Anthony Dunn from USAFRICOM and I. Our efforts were supported by Lt. Col. Marissa Lucero of the Kenya – United States Liaison Office. The hospitality and support of the Kenyan Ministry of Defence throughout the course was excellent. We provided a course book and additional sources of information and references to each participant as the course progressed. The seminar opened with examples of the USAFRICOM and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa IG offices and the services provided to our respective commands. We further provided an overview of the 230-year history of U.S. military IG systems and discussed the U.S. Government’s federal IG system and how those procedures and practices compared and contrasted with those of the military services. Our hosts indicated the three-phase, 17-step inspection model was quite helpful and responded positively to the level of detail we provided during that portion of the seminar. We were delighted to hear that the Kenyan inspection approach is similar to ours and focuses on detecting deviations from standards and identifying root causes. Our discussions pertaining to the IG Assistance and Investigation functions motivated the participants to ask several questions about how we protect the confidentiality of complainants and witnesses. Our discussions were wide-ranging, lively and productive, with our hosts offering challenging hypothetical questions that tested our knowledge. On the final day of the seminar, the heads of the various Kenyan Inspectorate functional areas and service components gave presentations that illustrated how they accomplished their work. It was readily apparent that the IG-like system used by the Kenyan Ministry of Defence is specifically designed to focus on the operational capabilities of their forces. Despite differences in terminology and culture it was clear that the Kenyan and U.S. IG systems have many similarities both in principle and practice. The high degree of expertise and commitment of the Kenyan Ministry of

Defence Inspectorate we observed is indicative of the priority placed on professional standards within their military forces. The Chief of the Ministry of Defence Military Intelligence Directorate, Brigadier Philip Kameru, provided closing comments that challenged the Inspectorate to continue to find innovative ways to promote economic and efficient use of scarce resources. In that regard, our oversight systems are completely in sync with theirs. After the remarks, our team presented each seminar participant with a completion certificate.

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