By Derrick Kiplagat
More than two hundred agents have been deployed in the country and two armoured vehicles ahead of US president Barack Obama’s visit in July this year. The team is also expected to arrange for the security of two senior US government officials expected in the country in a week’s time.
A majority of the Secret Service agents are currently based in Nairobi while the other batch has been sent to Kisumu with the two armoured vehicles kept at the US Embassy in Gigiri. According to reports, Kenya was declared a safe place before the White House announced the visit.
The White House however recommended an increased campaign against terror in the territory. As a result, the US counter-terrorism officers enhanced their focus on the East African region especially in Somalia. The Unites States State Department alongside the Kenyan government yesterday said that adequate arrangements had also been made for the US Secretary of State John Kerry, who will visit the country on 3rd May 2015.
The key aim of the top US diplomat’s two day visit will be “To reinforce the importance of our strong bi-lateral relationship,” the State Department has said. The meetings will majorly dwell on security cooperation between the US and Kenya, “particularly in light of the recent tragic attack at Garissa University College.”
Also on the Agenda will be; refugee assistance, trade and bio-diversity talks with various stake holders from opposition politicians, humanitarian aid workers and civil society representatives, as well as with government ministers.
“This visit will focus on our common goals, including accelerating economic growth, strengthening democratic institutions and improving regional security,” the US added. The Secret Service protocol requires that its officers are responsible for “Proximite cover” security. The US Secret Service agents will also be present inside the bullet proof enclosure that will protect President Obama and his host President Uhuru Kenyatta.