Eldoret at a standstill ahead of Buhari arrival
27 January 2016, 13:03
Nairobi - Security is tight in Eldoret ahead of the scheduled arrival of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari is expected to arrive at 2.30 PM local time to commence a 3 day visit to the country. The Eldoret International Airport is at the moment a beehive of activities, with cleaning activities ongoing at the site.
Security is also at its highest as the Nigerian President's arrival is anticipated.
There is severe military presence in the usually quiet town as it gears to hosting a senior head of State in the afternoon.
Buhari is expected to attend a memorial service to celebrate the lives of those killed in the attack on a Kenya Defence Forces Barracks in Eldoret.
The Eldoret Airport is currently a no go zone to other flights as Buhari's arrival is awaited.
Military vehicles could be seen canvassing the town Wednesday morning and police on horseback were also on patrol.
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On entry into the airport, journalists were subjected to checks from sniffer dogs.
According to Police spokesman Charles Owino, the security level is high due to the recent spate of attacks in the country from Al Shabaab forces.
" We cannot take chances. There are heads of state in town and we have to be ready," he added.
The town Centre was also a beehive of activities with County officials cleaning in anticipation of Buhari's arrival.
" We are happy to be hosting a whole head of State as well as our very own head of State President Uhuru Kenyatta," Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago told News24.
Buhari will leave for Nairobi later in the evening after the service where he is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House on Thursday.
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