Kenyan Ministers issue reassurance on airport security

Joseph Nkaissery and Najib Balala
Joseph Nkaissery and Najib Balala

Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery and Tourism Minister Najib Balala yesterday (March 3) released a joint statement reassure travellers that air travel to and from Kenya is safe.

The statement reads:

“Following the emergence of an internal Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) memo concerning heightened security across Kenyan airports, the Government wishes to reassure all travellers and visitors that domestic and international air travel is safe.

“We understand public concern following the emergence of the KAA memo but this simply underlines the unparalleled and constant measures in place to manage security across the country.

“Our security services work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our citizens and visitors safe wherever they are and however they travel. Action is taken immediately to interdict, prevent and deter any identified threats.

“We review security across our airports constantly and we can reassure local and international travellers that their safety is paramount. It is for this reason that the Government and Kenya Airport Authority have put in place heightened security measures and there is no need for public alarm.

“Kenya has faced difficult challenges in recent years, but with the support of our international partners, we have taken control of the security situation quickly, efficiently and effectively. Kenyans are unified behind our effort and we will not be intimidated by those few who try to destabilise us.

“On behalf of the nation, we commend the efforts of our security services and we urge everyone to continue your travels as normal.”