May 16, 2012 - Following a reported grenade attack outside the Bella Vista club in Mombasa’s Moi Avenue on May 15, 2012 at 9.00pm (EAT), the government wishes to make the following statement.
1. That security agencies have embarked on investigations geared at arresting and prosecuting those behind the attack.
2. Police have recovered a pistol that was allegedly being carried by the man who detonated the grenade outside the club.
3. That security surveillance at the Coastal town has been heightened to prevent further attacks.
4. That the government continues to intensify security at tourist sites at the Coast, as well as the rest of the country and all other public places frequented by tourists.
5. That the security and intelligence agencies will continue working hard to arrest potential incidents internal and external aggression.
The government remains firm in its quest to guarantee the safety of all Kenyans as well as visitors to the country, through thorough screening at all terrestrial, marine or aerial points of entry.
This has been complemented by a similarly high level of screening at tourist hotels and malls.
Our commitment towards the continued preserving of Kenya’s unique position as a preferred tourist destination remains unwavering even in the wake of periodic acts of cowardice characterized by grenade attacks.
We shall remain vigilant as we strive to provide more information as events unfold.
Danson M. Mwazo, MP
MINISTER FOR TOURISM