STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM (KENYA) ON SECURITY IN LAMU
3/10/2011 - The government of Kenya has laid down a raft of
measures to tame the reported kidnappings and insecurity in the
coastline especially within the Kenya-Somali border.
The measures were made public to hoteliers, members of public, potential investors and both the local and international media at a meeting in Lamu graced by Tourism Minister Hon. Najib Balala and Kenya's Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere.
The following are some of the key measures that government has immediately put in place to restore the sanity and popularity of the tourist resort that is Lamu;
1. All accommodation facilities; hotels, lodges, villas/guest houses will be grouped in blocs and assigned police officers for a 24-hour patrol,
2. The Kenyan Government has deployed more police officers along the Somali-Kenya border and equipped them with new patrol vehicles for proper maintenance of security,
3. The Kenya-Somali border remains closed and vessels entering the country will be subjected to maximum security checks,
4. A police helicopter that will provide a 24-hour aerial surveillance has been deployed along the shore line within the Kenya–Somali Border,
5. Kenya’s security agencies will collaborate with those from the international community to review security situation along the shores,
6. The local community will join hands with the security agencies in combating incidences that are a threat to security and stability in area.
At the same time, the government has announced that hotels/lodges in the affected areas will remain open with assurance of maximum security.
Further aggressive marketing of the Lamu will be stepped up ahead of the Annual Lamu Cultural Festival held end of year and one that has placed the region on the global map of recognition.
Hon. Najib Balala, EGH, MP
MINISTER FOR TOURISM, KENYA