'Security concerns' force Carson to cancel Kenya trip
18 December 2015, 11:10
Nairobi - US Presidential aspirant Ben Carson has cancelled his trip to Kenya, citing security concerns.
In a statement seen by News24, Carson stated that he was forced to cancel the trip to Kenya and two other African countries since he had been advised by the US Secret Service over a number of concerns.
It was not clear whether he would reschedule the trip which would see him also travel to Zambia and Nigeria.
" I have been forced to cancel my trip to Africa. This follows advice received from the Secret Service which is at the moment classified," he said.
He did not divulge details but insisted that it was the best thing to do.
" My job is to listen to advice of the experts and I take it seriously," he stated.
" I will just say that it is too dangerous. That is what I can say," he added.
However, security experts in the country were not too amused by Carson's remarks, especially after his intended visit was to come after several high profile ones that have come in recent times.
US President Barrack Obama has visited, as has the Pope and Kenya has hosted a number of high profile events including the ongoing World Trade Organization ministerial conference.
" The reasoning behind his apparent snub is both unfair and unfortunate, considering the lengths the country has gone to ensuring security is at its highest," James Oluoch, a former Intelligence officer stated.
" We are also holding a number of high Profile events as we speak so I wonder where the emphasis on security has come from," he added.
There was no official remark from the government regarding the trip and its cancellation. Carson was due to arrive in Kenya late December.
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