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South Coast secured ahead of Obama visit

23 July 2015, 17:00

Nairobi - Security has been beefed up in Kenya's South Coast ahead of US president Barack Obama's visit into the country to ensure any terror attack attempt is thwarted.

Kwale county commissioner Evans Achoki has said that his security team is doing patrols day and night in all areas including the beach and borders.

This comes as domestic tourists from Nairobi continue arriving in the area to avoid congestion in Nairobi during the US president's visit.

Speaking in his office on Thursday Achoki said that especially at LungaLunga border point, thorough screening of visitors and all vehicles leaving and entering the country is being done.

“We don’t want to take chances at this time. We are securing everywhere to assure our people and tourists that it is safe,” he said.

The commissioner noted that with the thorough security checks at the porous Kwale border, characters with plans to cause chaos or breach peace in the country will be nabbed.

“We are on high alert and very prepared to deal with any person who will be found attempting to breach peace in this region. The security department will not tolerate criminals at all or their sympathizers,” said Achoki.

Achoki urged locals to volunteer information of any suspicious people spotted in the area to police so that urgent action can be taken.

“For now I can assure all visitors in South coast that they have no reason to worry because the security measures we have put in place guaranteed them safety,” he added.

The county head of security team added that security officials both in uniform and plain clothes have also been deployed in the most popular joints including clubs and restaurant to guard them.

He said that the beaches are also being patrolled by heavily armed police to ensure visitors and locals enjoying themselves are peaceful.

Last week the county security office circulated a mobile phone number with aim of ensuring locals can report anything that pose to be a security threat to the region for action to be taken.

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