The army chief said he was “appalled” by allegations that British soldiers were involved in the murder of a Kenyan woman whose body was found in a septic tank.
The body of Agnes Wanjiru, 21, was found at the Lions Court Hotel in Nanyuki town, near Camp Batuk (British Army Training Unit Kenya), two months after she went missing in March 2012.
The Sunday Times reported that a soldier accused of the murder was named by his comrades after he allegedly confessed to the murder.
In a statement, Army General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith wrote: “I am sure you are all as appalled as I am by the recent allegations of the murder of Agnes Wanjiru in Nanyuki, Kenya, in 2012.”
“I want you to know that I am determined to help the relevant authorities establish the facts of the matter as quickly as possible.”
The Sunday Times said another soldier reported the murder to senior officers at the time – but no action was taken, prompting Labor to call on the government to investigate any possible ‘cover-up’ “.
A defense source told the PA news agency: “The Secretary of Defense has been impatient with the pace of this and has ordered full cooperation.
“He has worked with the military police and the Kenyans to ensure their investigation is not hampered.”