, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11 – Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has assured football fans of their safety as they gather around bars and other social places to watch the World Cup which kicks off on Thursday.
“The National Police Service wishes to inform all members of the public that we have put in place sufficient security measures and arrangements to ensure that all the funs (sic) watching the matches in social places, either in clubs, pubs, bars and other places are safe,” he assured in a statement.
He however urged bar owners to ensure they screen each and every one of their patrons thoroughly before allowing them onto their premises.
“Owners of such social places must ensure that every person is thoroughly screened before entering their premises,” he stressed.
But while assuring Kenyans of a safe World Cup month, he cautioned them against using it as an excuse to engage in unlawful behaviour including drunken disorderliness.
“I urge the public to be conscious of their own personal safety and security by ensuring that they do not over-indulge. Further to this, all the funs (sic) must not engage in any acts of lawlessness or acts which may amount to intimidation of other citizens,” he said.
He also encouraged the public to report any suspicious activity through the toll free numbers 999 and 112.
“Let us always remember that our guard should not be relaxed whatsoever,” he underscored.
During the last World Cup final, 74 people were killed in Uganda as they watched the match between Netherlands and Spain.
They were killed in twin bombings that rocked Kampala after suicide bombers attacked a rugby club and restaurant in what had been the worst terror attack in the region since the 1998 attacks on the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Kenya itself has been experiencing a spate of terror attacks Al Shabaab militants have blamed on the presence of Kenyan Defence Forces in Somalia.
The worst was the killing of 67 people in September last year when gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall.
Since then Kenya and other countries in the East Africa region have been on high alert to forestall a repeat of both the Uganda bombings and Kenya attack.