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Laikipia fire, County Government urged to sue Britain

Laikipia county has been urged to sue the British government in what is likely to further deteriorate the already strained relations.

Conservation groups are urging the devolved unit to file a suit in the United Kingdom, accusing British soldiers of starting a fire that killed protected wildlife and destroyed thousands of vegetation.

British Army Training Unit in Kenya (Batuk) have a base in Laikipia which they use for training.

Last week a huge fire erupted in the training ground that killed five elephants from a rare species and scores of other wildlife and tens of thousands of acres of vegetation.

The British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriot said they are investigating the incident and appropriate action will be taken.

Should the Lakipia county sue, the action will come at a time when British and Kenyan governments are locked up in a dispute sparked by the raging Covid-19 3rd wave.

Britain fired the first shot by including Kenya in the red list on countries whose travellors would not be allowed in the UK.

Kenya wrote an angry response and reciprocated by issuing similar travel orders that comes to effect on midnight of April 9.

The suit would further escalate the tension between the two countries. 

It is noted that Kenya had initially refused to grant training rights to Batuk resulting into lengthy negotiations before the soldiers were allowed back on the Kenyan soil.

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