, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 20 – Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has assured of tight security measures during the festive season but urged the public to remain vigilant due to “real terror threats facing the country.”
Boinnet said adequate security personnel have been deployed to various parts of the country to guarantee safety during Christmas and New Year festivities.
“From past experience, it is also a period that comes with considerable security challenges. As the National Police Service, we are committed to ensure that all Kenyans enjoy the festivities in the most peaceful and secure environment possible,” Boinnet said in a statement issued by his Spokesman George Kinoti.
On terrorism threats, the IG said “It remains a reality” and urged the public to be vigilant “particularly in places with high concentration of people.”
These include beaches, restaurants and clubs as well as places of worship. Any suspicious persons or activities should be reported promptly to the police.
The country has faced numerous attacks often staged by Al Shabaab terrorists who waged a war against Kenya soon after it deployed its military to the war-ravaged country in October 2011.
He urged the public to utilize the police emergency numbers 999, 911 or 112 in the event of any security threat.
Boinnet further appealed to drivers and Boda Boda operators across the country to be cautious and ‘avoid recklessness, speeding, overloading and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.’
He said the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and Police will be deployed across the country to assist motorists but also arrest traffic offenders.
Counties prone to cattle rustling were also warned to desist from criminal activities, cautioning that police will remain on high alert in the affected areas to arrest culprits taking advantage of the festive season.