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Security tightened ahead of Mashujaa Day

18 October 2013, 10:31

Nairobi - Authorities have beefed up security in Nairobi ahead of Sunday's national celebrations to mark Mashujaa (Heroes) Day.

Nairobi provincial commissioner, Njoroge Ndirangu, told journalists in Nairobi that undisclosed number of security personnel will throw a cordon off the city to ward off any threats of terrorist activities from any quarters.

"State securities have already secured the Nyayo National Stadium ahead of the celebrations. Security officers have also been deployed to patrol the central business district, the city estates and its environs," he said.

The government administrator said terrorism threats are real and security agencies will work round the clock to deter any such threats.

The country has been subjected to successive explosives attacks by Al Shabaab operatives in the country following the attacks by KDF on the Al Shabaab in Somalia after the militia staged a series of attacks along the Kenyan coast.

The recent terrorist attack at Westgate shopping mall which left over 67 people dead occurred after the Al Shabaab threatened reprisal attacks in Kenya if KDF do not leave the Horn of Africa nation.

Ndirangu assured Kenyans that the government has put in place elaborate security measures to protect them during the celebrations.

The county commissioner also urged Kenyans to cooperate with security agents in the management of the country's security and report suspicious individuals, property, activities and unattended luggage to the police.

He also announced that the government will later this month launch the "Nyumba Kumi" Initiative which aims at making Kenyans aware of the happenings in their neighborhood and identify anything out of the norm.

The principal secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Patrick Omutia said that the celebrations to be officiated by president Uhuru Kenyatta will honor the countries' heroes and heroines by highlighting the role they have played in the development of the country and the world.

"The government through the Ministry of Sports has undertaken several initiatives to ensure that the country's heroes and heroines are honored for their selfless sacrifice during our struggle for independence," he said.

- Xinhua


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