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Kenyatta’s travel advisory hit back backfires amid attack

East Africa

by Elayne Wangalwa 0

President Uhuru Kenyatta has hit back on the United Kingdom for issuing a travel advisory sparking a diplomatic row.

Kenya has hit back at the UK & Australia for issuing travel advisories but this was marred by an attack on a local university a day later.

The recently updated travel advisories to Kenya by the United Kingdom and Australia have sparked diplomatic rows.

(READ MORE: Australia warns of imminent attacks in Kenya)

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has hit back at tourist markets citing that, “Kenya is as safe as any country in the world”.

“We are now fed up with this threats that we keep getting of travel advisories. We want to encourage especially our brothers and sisters from this continent. We want to encourage our won brother and sisters to travel more… Help us promote this country and tell them it is safe,” Kenyatta said yesterday during the opening of a diaspora Easter investment conference.

Nonetheless, hours after those strong sentiments by the president an attack is ongoing in the north eastern part of the country.

Gunmen are holding several students hostage at the Garissa University College.

(READ MORE: Gunmen storm Kenyan college campus in Garissa, students trapped)

“Armed attackers forced their way into Garissa University by shooting at the guards manning the main gate at around 5:30am EAT. The attackers shot indiscriminately while inside the university,” Kenya’s new Inspector General Joseph Boinnet has said in a statement.

“I urge Kenyans to remain calm as our officer’s work to make sure that the attackers are ejected from the hostel and normalcy returns within the shortest time possible,” Boinnet said.

Kenyatta stated that terrorism is a global problem and countries should not issue travel advisories instead they should work together to fight the menace.

“Terrorism is a global problem that requires global response. We in Kenya are playing our part to the maximum,” Kenyatta said.

Last month, the United Kingdom said that the Kenyan government needs to cooperate more on any security information they have as this would help them better understand the threats the country faces and how they can be overcome.

“We have been cooperating with them from an intelligence point of view. There is nothing that they can claim not to be aware of. We share, we cooperate and we work together. Hio ni uongo [which means ‘those are lies’ in Kiswahili],” Kenyatta fired back at the UK.