Kenya: Heightened Security Across Kenya Over Easter Weekend

Nairobi — Security is being heightened in all Key towns in the country during the Easter festivities and more so in areas likely to attract local and foreign tourists.

Already, a team of senior officers has been formed and will be deployed to respective areas to oversee security operations.

Some of the mapped-out areas include Mombasa which has been fully booked, Naivasha, Nanyuki and Maasai Mara game reserves.

Police will also man religious centres and entertainment places.

The team had a strategy meeting on Thursday at Vigilance house, where they identified loopholes that needs to be sealed.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, National Police Service Spokesman Charles Owino said all measures have been put in place to ensure the country is safe.

"We are going to work on the general security across all parts of the country during the festivities," he said.

The mapped areas are expected to have "very large numbers of people" according to Owino. "We are prepared to handle any situation that arises. We have criminals everywhere."

The country is still on high alert more so from the security risk posed by the Al-Shabaab militants, who have been sneaking into the country and back to Somalia, and often launching pockets of attacks.

Just recently, the militia kidnapped two Cuban doctors posted in Mandera, whose fate is yet to be known.

During the ambush, one of the police officers guarding them was killed, while detectives have since arrested their driver, who is in custody pending investigations.

The Cuban doctors are believed to be in Somalia.

-Managing traffic during festivities-

Meanwhile, 10 response teams have been dispatched across the country to manage traffic in all the major highways during the Easter holiday this weekend.

Some of the highways to be highly manned include the Mombasa highway, Busia-Eldoret-Malaba highway, Kilifi-Diani, Nakuru-Nyahururu, Thika-Matuu among others.

Police hope to avert a common trend during festivities when hundreds of lives are lost to road accidents involving public service vehicles.

He said the last three years, there have been many deaths during the Easter holiday; 2016 (26), 2017(36) and 2018 (37).

"We want to ensure if possible, there are no fatalities," the Police spokesman said.

He cautioned drivers against using wrong routes during the season saying those found culpable they will have their licenses withdrawn.

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