In Summary
  • Kenyans commemorate the first anniversary of the mall attack
  • Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo said on Saturday the alert would remain in force for the next week.
  • The IG extended his orders to other security agencies under his command.

Elite units including the Recce company of the General Service Unit are on a 24-hour standby over fears that terrorists may strike as Kenyans mark the first anniversary of the Westgate mall attack.

Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo said on Saturday the alert would remain in force for the next week.

“Our response teams and specialised units will be on standby at all times should we need to call them. For this matter therefore all people should go about their respective businesses as usual,” he said.

The security measures were informed by intelligence reports received from Kenya and Somalia, where al-Shabaab terrorists are based.

“The fact that these enemies may still try to get to us again cannot be ignored. For this matter, I urge all Kenyans to be alert and extra vigilant particularly for the one week ahead. They should also be willing to provide any helpful information on any unusual occurrences,” said Mr Kimaiyo.

The police chief gave the instructions to senior officers commanding police jurisdictions across the country to heighten their alert.

Mr Kimaiyo added: “I’ve instructed my officers countrywide through their respective commands to work round the clock to ensure safety of our people, establishments and institutions.”

The number of police patrols conducted every day would also be doubled.

The police chief added that additional officers would be on standby to receive information from the public using the 999 and 112 emergency telephone lines.

The IG extended his orders to other security agencies under his command.

In June, President Uhuru Kenyatta issued an executive order that placed personnel and resources of Kenya Prisons Service, Kenya Wildlife Service, the Kenya Forest Service and the National Youth Service under IG’s command.

“I’m calling on all other agencies and institutions who have relevant mandate in law enforcement to work together as a team. The private security providers should also brief their staff thoroughly to ensure they enhance security in areas they will be guarding,” Mr Kimaiyo said.

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