NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 1 – The government has asked the Kenyan public to remain vigilant following renewed terror threats but cautioned against causing panic with alarming messages.
Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo says that the messages circulated on social media are false and intended to cause unnecessary fear.
“Terror threats are a reality in the country as they are all over the world hence the need for Kenyans to always be alert and share whatever information they have on security,” he stated.
On Friday, there were messages circulated asking people to keep off the Nairobi Central Business District.
“It is worth noting that causing fear and despondency is one of the tactics commonly used by terror groups to terrify and demoralise innocent citizens. We should never give terrorists the satisfaction of controlling our lives,” he said.
He also says no airline has cancelled flights to Kenya contrary to messages being shared on social media.
He says security has been beefed up at shopping malls and other vital installations but wants the public to take security as a personal responsibility.
“The country’s security agencies are constantly on high alert to ensure that shopping malls and other vital installations are well guarded,” he noted.
Iringo has warned that action will be taken against individuals responsible for causing unnecessary panic.
“It is imperative to note that the government will not tolerate those misusing social media to cause panic and indeed insecurity. Stern action will be taken against such characters,” he warned.
Kenya has faced mounting terror threats and attacks since the country’s military entered Somalia in pursuit of the Al Shabaab group.