Ahead of President Barack Obama’s arrival next week thousands of security personnel will carry out impromptu swoops to arrest individuals without national identification cards. Around 15,000 officers in Nairobi have been deployed to carry out this exercise. These officers will include those from the the GSU, Administration police, the Kenya Forest Service, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the National Youth Service. Also all police officers who are currently on leave have been recalled to help boost security. They will help patrol all streets and estates.
These officers have been instructed to arrest those found loitering in streets without their national ID, especially at night. According to the Star Newspaper, Police officers have been rounding up street families and homeless individuals especially in Westlands where Obama’s team has taken over two hotels (The Sankara Hotel and The Royal Orchid Azure Hotel). In Nairobi members of Obamas team have already taken up five hotels (These include the Inter-Continental, Serena Hotel and Boma Hotel) where they are expected to set up operation centers.
2000 police officers from the elite Recce Squad in Kenya are expected to work with 800 US security agents who will be escorting Obama into the country. Obama’s car the Beast, its decoy and a specialized ambulance that is part of Obama’s motorcade are expected into the country mid next week.
Obama is expected to land in the country on the 25th and will be around until the 26th. However no one is certain which areas he will be visiting or how long he will be in the country.
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