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Prestigious event snatched from Kenya

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by Elayne Wangalwa 0

A leading investment conference which is due to take place in Kenya has been cancelled. PHOTO: Getty Images

The Africa Hotel Investment Forum 2014 two day conference scheduled to take place in September at a prestigious five star hotel in Nairobi has been relocated to Ethiopia.

The conference is expected to attract many prominent international hotel owners, investors, and financiers.

The event organisers had already booked into the five star hotel in Nairobi however, decided to move to Addis Ababa due to capacity constraints.

In a statement by the event organiser, Matthew Weihs, managing director at Bench Events, the company reiterated their appreciation to the Kenyan government for hosting the last two seminars.

The revocation of the conference in Nairobi comes amid security concerns and travel advisories to the nation. As a result, there have been a substantial number of cancellations of holiday bookings in many hotels causing some of them to close down and others to let go of personnel.

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During the country’s commemoration of achieving internal self-rule in 1963, President Uhuru Kenyatta said, his government is working on tackling the issue of insecurity.

“We must confront a new breed of terrorists, who use our freedom and tolerance against us, and use our commitment to the security and prosperity of our friends and neighbors as an excuse for murder,” Kenyatta said.

The president also said the government has set aside 2.9 billion shillings for the recruitment of police officers.

“Nearly 8,000 young men and women have already joined our disciplined services to strengthen them for the challenges to come. We have introduced CCTV cameras in major cities and towns, as well as broadband connectivity at border points. We have already provided at least 1,200 vehicles for police, which in time will also be equipped with CCTV cameras,” said Kenyatta.

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The president urged Kenyans to be united as harmony is the most potent weapon to defeat insecurity and other forces trying to destabilise the East African nation.

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