No one will be spared airport security checks – Kimaiyo

April 30, 2014
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"Not even diplomats will be excused from the checks; I would urge the public to cooperate with the security officers and to come to the airport two hours before time so that they don't miss their flights"/FILE
“Not even diplomats will be excused from the checks; I would urge the public to cooperate with the security officers and to come to the airport two hours before time so that they don’t miss their flights”/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30 – Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo is categorical that no one will be excused from security checks at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Kimaiyo says security has been intensified all over the airport which now falls under one chain of command.

“Not even diplomats will be excused from the checks; I would urge the public to cooperate with the security officers and to come to the airport two hours before time so that they don’t miss their flights. Security has been beefed up in all key installations of the Government after the country was hit by a spew of cases of insecurity,” he said.

The police boss again reiterated that once police embark on an illegal firearm recovery exercise, any person found with illicit weapons will face the full force of the law.

“I urge people with firearms to surrender to the government and they will be given amnesty. Those found with illegal firearms will face the law; I would also like to urge members of the public to continue sharing information with the police and report fishy characters in their surroundings… these terrorists live within proximity,” he said.

He was speaking on Wednesday when the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) handed over equipment to the National Police Service that includes four vehicles, temporary offices, hand held detectors and under carriage mirrors to beef up security at all the airports in the country.

The National Police Service also received 30 computers and office furniture worth Sh4 million donated by the National Bank of Kenya.

KAA also announced plans to set up a camp for the paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU) along the flight path of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport aimed at further securing the facility.

The GSU camp will provide additional security besides acting as an emergency response unit.

KAA Managing Director Lucy Mbugua said the authority also plans to establish a new police station and administration block at the airport with land already having been identified.

Mbugua revealed that in the month of March arrivals at the JKIA went up by 8 percent while number of cargo that arrived also went up by 20 percent which she attributed to the security measures the authority is putting in place.

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