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Security beefed up ahead of British royal family's visit to Kenya

21 November 2013, 07:59

Samburu - Police in Samburu have beefed up security for local and international visitors coming to witness a naming ceremony for Britain's Prince William and Kate and their child George on Thursday.

Wamba Divisional Police Commander Samuel Muthamia said Wednesday a contingent of police officers have been deployed to patrol the roads ahead of the event to ensure safety of the dignitaries visiting the region by road.

"We have put all security measures on the ground because this is an international event where royal families will be offered gifts by Samburu communities to ensure strong ties between them and the people of Kenya," Muthamia told Xinhua.

The local police commander said security will also be up scaled in Wamba areas to enable the visitors go about their activities uninterrupted.

"Some of the dignitaries will be coming by air from Nairobi but we have also put all security measures on the ground for those coming by roads," Muthamia said. Women groups will offer a black bull and goats to the British royal family after the naming ceremony according to the Samburu culture.

Samburu elders, morans and the community conservancies in the Northern circuits have finalized plans to host the royal event, where they will hand over a black bull to celebrate the birth of Prince William and Kate's child.

Northern Range Land Trust Chief Officer Tom Lalampa told Xinhua that various groups, morans and elders have worked out modalities to ensure that the event is colorful and unique.

He said Samburu communities honor the family due to their strong ties and commitment towards conservation.

"Women groups, morans and students dancers have been conducting rehearsals for the last four days coordinated by community conservancies to ensure that they entertain the guests visiting the areas," Muthamia.

He said a women group from the village in Wamba will hand over the bull to British High Commissioner Christian Turner before he reads acceptance statement from the royal family.

"The communities have set up bomas and other traditional artifacts around the areas where the Samburu elders will lead the traditional prayers," said the officer.

"It's a rare International event where the Samburus will have an opportunity to mingle with the visitors across the world and share their cultures," Lalampa said.

The British royal family has maintained strong connection with Kenya since 1952.

- Xinhua


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