Regional Commissioner for Nairobi, Njoroge Ndirangu said adequate security has been put in place to ensure an incident-free fete as well as to delegates who are already in the city for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference to be held next week.


“We have put in place adequate personnel to secure residents of Nairobi and visitors alike ahead of, and during the day of the celebrations. The day is very historic because it reminds Kenyans of the struggle for self rule and determination that was waged by gallant freedom fighters,” Ndirangu told journalists in Nairobi.

Some of the invited guests include Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who will attend Kenya’s 52nd anniversary which will be used to arouse feelings of hope and nationalism. Kenya attained its independence from Britain in December 12, 1963

President Uhuru Kenyatta will address the nation from Nyayo Stadium after the performance of the military pomp and pageantry known as Trooping of the Colour by regiments on the Kenya Defence Force, during which they display their regimental colors.

Ndirangu said police will patrol all areas of Nairobi and added that intelligence gathering has been increase to deter and arrest criminals out to take advantage of the day to harm Kenyans.

“All security agencies have been mobilized and briefed to ensure that there is maximum security during these celebrations. All the services have been deployed accordingly to ensure that there are no security lapses during the celebrations,” Ndirangu said.

He said State securities have already secured the Nyayo National Stadium ahead of the celebrations. “Security officers have also been deployed to patrol the central business district, the city estates and its environs,” he added.

The government administrator said terrorism threats are real and security agencies will work round the clock to deter any such threats.

Ndirangu said all persons and vehicles accessing the stadium will undergo through security checks. Members of public are advised to make their way into the stadium early enough to avoid last minute rush and long queues at the entrances,” he said.

He said all roads leading to and around the venue of the event will be closed for the occasion that will be attended by senior government officials, foreign dignitaries and members of the public.

“Operational orders have been issued and high risk areas have been zoned and security enhance. All persons and vehicles entering the venue of the event will undergo thorough screening,” he said.

The security measures have been undertaken in the backdrop of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference scheduled to begin in Nairobi on Tuesday where over 7,000 delegates are expected in the city.

Kenya has been subjected to a series of terrorist attacks by Al-Shabaab militia group since the country sent troops across the border to Somalia in pursuit of the Islamist band of soldiers.

The country has been subjected to successive explosives attacks by Al-Shabaab operatives in the country following the onslaught by Kenyan soldiers on the Al-Shabaab in Somalia after the militia staged a series of attacks along the Kenyan coast. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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