Statement from Kenyan President


May 19th, 2003, 08:22 AM
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Statement from Kenyan President

For all of you who are traveling to Kenya, this should bring some reassurance!


In the last two days, Kenya has been at the center of International media attention, over possible terrorist attacks.

This has been occasioned by the sharing of information between local and International Networks. Various arms of government have made this information public. This helps both our security forces and members of the public to be on heightened alert in order to avert any possible attacks.

We wish to emphasize that the ultimate responsibility of the government is the protection of all Kenyan citizens and their property. Equally we have a responsibility to put in place the mechanism deemed necessary to protect the lives and property of those who visit the country. This will continue to be done even as the county enjoys its current peace.

We wish to assure all citizens and those visiting the country that the Government is taking no chances in ensuring the safety of all within our borders.

Some of the specific steps taken include:

-Establishment of a specialized Anti-terrorist police unit, which has been working closely with leading international security agencies to protect both visitors and the Kenyan people.

-Greater levels of vigilance around vital installations including; airports, tourist resorts and hotels and public areas.

-Establishment of 24 hour surveillance of flight approach paths
at all Kenyan airports.

-Spot checks on all vehicles and visitors entering our parks.

-Establishment of a 24 hour manned radar beacon in Nairobi National Park which
is adjacent to Nairobi?s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

This evening Government officials met with officials of the British High Commission and agreed on some of the following measures:

-Joint surveillance of the Nation?s airports in an ongoing process to ensure that Kenyan airports continue to remain safe.

-Bearing in mind that all possible visible and invisible measures to avert any terrorist attack have been put in place, the Kenyan government invited British Airways to resume its flights to the country.

-The British Government undertook to continue its current program of technical assistance to ensure the continued safety of the nations airports.

The Government also appreciates action taken by some airlines to increase their capacity to serve the London-Nairobi route. We also thank those who have welcomed the initiative taken so far by the government to combat acts of terror in the short and long term.

Ours is a joint effort. While security forces have their role to play, members of the public must also remain vigilant, because they are the custodians of the nations security.

The government and all stakeholders will continue to offer all Kenyans and visitors every possible assistance.

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May 19th, 2003, 09:13 AM
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Hi Soniya,

Thanks as always for printing this and once again I agree with you re travellers cheques-right on(as you were with everything else on your packing list)
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