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Security beefed up in Mombasa ahead of Ruto’s visit

15 June 2015, 18:32 Jose Mwanake

Mombasa - Security has been beefed up in and around Mombasa ahead of the Deputy President, William Ruto's visit to the region Tuesday.

Ruto is expected to officially open the 40th edition of the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association conference at Wild Waters recreational facility in Nyali.

Over 7 000 teachers have converged in Mombasa for the one-week annual conference.

Ruto is expected to officially open the conference at around 12:45 pm after Mombasa Governor, Hassan Joho and Education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi have addressed the gathering.

There was heavy police presence at the venue of the conference Monday morning to ensure maximum security.

The security team is led by Kisauni OCPD, Richard Ngatia and Kisauni sub County assistant commissioner, Julius Kavita.

A team of officers drawn from the Administration and Regular Police unit is working together with the Mombasa County government inspectorate officers at the event.

People who had no official accreditation tags of the event, even journalists assigned to cover the event and did not have the tags, were denied entry to the venue.

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Two security checks were mounted, one at the main gate and the another one at the entrance to the main hall, where everyone was subjected to thorough screening regardless of social status.

Vehicles were not allowed within the compound.

“Motorists should go and park behind the venue where a field has been cleared for that purpose,” said one of the inspectorate officers manning the main gate.

At the same time, the inspectorate officers had a busy time trying to control the heavy traffic along the Nyali-Links Road where Wild Waters in located.

On Sunday, Kessha chairperson John Awiti said they expect over 8 000 people at the venue.

Addressing journalists at the venue, Awiti said they will be having both local and international delegates, government officers, head teachers and other education stakeholders at the event.

He also noted that they expect international delegates from Malawi, South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania.

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