KENYA PROTEST AGAINST TRAVEL ADVISORIES. BY MURIMI MUTIGA. MOMBASA. OCTOBER 05, 2011.
Kenya government has protested over travel advisories issued by several foreign countries following recent kidnappings of tourists at the town of Lamu.
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka [Unlink]
said today that it is wrong for foreign state perceived to be friends with Kenya to rush and issue travel warnings to their citizens because of the two abduction incidents.
The government appeared to down play the two incidents saying they are not peculiar to Kenya.
He said the travel advices issued by france and UK are untimely as Kenya government has moved in quick to address issues of terror threats emanating from the Somali Al-Shabaab militias.
He announced that Kenya has closed all its boarders with the war torn Somalia.
Kalonzo urged states friendly to Kenya not to advice their citizens against traveling to country's Coast beaches as security forces had beefed up security in sea and all hotels.
He said the issue of international terrorism is not peculiar to Kenya and gave assurance that the country would not allow similar attacks to take place in it soil.
Kalonzo said the government has put in measures to ensure that all it coastline is sufficiently patrolled to deter illegal movement of criminals.
He said Kenya government values lives of it people and tourists and therefore would not accept further provocation from all warring groups in Somali.
Kenya has termed recent kidnapping of French elderly woman Marie Dedieu as an unacceptable aggression.
The kidnappings have shaken tourism industry in the country after massive cancellation of bookings and exodus of tourists from hotels.