USA did not issue travel advisory against Kenya, says Godec
10 July 2015, 11:33
Mombasa - American Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec has refuted claims that his government issued travel advisories to its citizens against Kenya over increased Al Shabaab attacks.
Godec said his government only provides information to its citizens on risk areas but the final decision is made by those travelling.
“Our travel advisory is different form that issued by the British government. We do not advice our citizens not to visit Kenya but we provide them with information on areas that we have intelligence they risk being attacked,” said Godec.
Speaking exclusively to News24 during his visit to Mombasa to host an Iftar, Godek said the American government has been working closely with Kenya to revive the tourism sector by providing security intelligence information.
The Ambassador said the American government is committed to continue helping Kenya revive the tourism industry.
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He however noted that Kenya is facing serious security challenges that need to be addressed in the fight against Al Shabaab.
“Currently, the major challenge is with the chain of command, response and how intelligence information is shared but since the Westgate attack, we are working toward ensuring that that can be handled,” said Godec.
He revealed that the American government has been providing military support to Kenya by donating aircraft and arsenals through the Amison forces in Somalia and also providing training for the Kenyan forces.
Godec's sentiments on the travel advisories came after his British counterpart, Dr. Christian Turner visited Mombasa recently to lift the travel bans the British government had issued to its citizen against Kenya.
The outgoing British high commissioner to Kenya dismissed allegations that the British government was funding terrorist groups through human right groups.
Turner said is government will continue sharing military intelligence with Kenya in the fight against terrorism.
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