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Germany plans to extend training of Kenya's security agencies

19 June 2014, 09:21

Mombasa - Germany on Wednesday announced plans to extend training and equipping of Kenya security agencies on counter terrorism operations.

Germany Ambassador to Kenya Andreas Peschke said at least 1,000 security agencies which include anti-terrorism police unit have so far been trained by German detectives in the country.

The envoy was speaking in Nairobi after handing over forensic kits, laptops and motorbikes to the police. Peschke said the two governments will continue to further extend their cooperation on war on terror.

Peschke said the government has no plans to issue advisories against essential travel of its citizens in the country following recent attacks being witnessed in the country including the Mpeketoni.

He said his government has not received any intelligence report that threatens its citizens in the country.

"We condole the families and condemn those behind this heinous act. We will stand with Kenya during this critical time posed by internal insecurity challenges being witnessed," said Peschke.

Kenya Coast Tourist Association said Moi International Airport Mombasa last month received 19,000 Italians and 12,500 Germans. He said they are committed to further develop cooperation in matters of security.

Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers CEO Sam Ikwaye warned that at least 7,000 workers at the tourism hotels risk being fired if the sector will not revive.

"The recent attack once again exposed our security loophole. Our markets sources are worried it's our concerns about ongoing attacks might negatively impact anticipated tourist high season," he said.

He said some of foreign countries have officially written to the association demanding to be reassured of their safety ahead of the high season.

Speaking to Xinhua in Mombasa, Ikwaye said the government must urgently address the insecurity threats that have so far affected the recovering of the tourism sector.

"Its unfortunate incident coming in the wake when the country is facing a backlash due to insecurity .The incidents must be stopped," said Ikwaye.

 - Xinhua

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