By Calvin Osiemo
United States of America Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Kenya. Kerry arrives ahead of the highly anticipated trip of US President Barrack Obama and security talks continue to dominate the agenda for both trips. Security was beefed up at the Jomo Kenya International Airport yesterday before the arrival of Mr. Kerry with US security agents being deployed at the control tower before his plane landing. Security checks were intensified in different parts of the city and more GSU officers placed at all entries and exits of JKIA.
The Secretary of State was received by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed which was followed by a brief meeting with CS Amina, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and top military officials.
Kerry also met with the 1998 bomb blast survivors at the bomb blast site where he laid a wreath at the memorial park. The August 7th attack on the American Embassy in Nairobi left more than 200 people dead, including 12 Americans in which Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility.
“Terrorists will always fail, yes they can reduce a building to rubble. And yes, they can even deprive innocent people of their lives, but they do not give anyone anything of what really makes life worthwhile. The bombing also had not diminished Kenya’s sense of community, dignity and honor,” Kerry said at the memorial park.
Kerry’s visit comes a month after the Garissa university attack that left 148 people dead which was considered one of the most deadliest attacks by the Al-Shabaab militia group based in Somalia
Kerry is scheduled to meet representatives from Eritrea and Somalia’s Puntland, with talks expected to focus on ways to curb the terrorism menace in the region.
Plans are underway ahead of President’s Barrack Obama visit to Kenya which scheduled for July and security plans are on high end with more agents arriving in the country.