Kenya tightens security on its borders

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The authorities in Kenya have announced a tightening of security at all border entry points, airports and around vital installations to counter possible terrorist attacks.
Explaining the action, Police Commissioner Philemon Abong'o said the country's security was under review in the wake of the continuing US bombing of suspected terrorist bases in Afghanistan.
Western Provincial Commissioner Peter Kiilu said following the 11 September terrorist attack on US landmark buildings, government had intensified security patrols along the Uganda/Kenya border and was monitoring the situation to ensure suspected criminals did not sneak into the country.
Abong'o added that following the vigilance at the country's frontiers, police had arrested more than 25 illegal immigrants, most of them Ethiopians and Somalis.
They were arrested on the Kenya/Uganda border, north-eastern Kenya and in the populous Easteligh area of Nairobi.
At the Uganda/Kenya border town of Busia, security officials disclosed that a Pakistani national, who was trying to enter the country on a fake passport, was apprehended by immigration officials and was assisting police in investigations.
Busia police chief Geoffrey Mbaabu said the Pakistani, Nasim Ali Majid, was a passenger in a commuter bus from Kampala to Nairobi, and was travelling alone.
Nine Somali nationals were also arrested at the same crossing last week when they failed to produce valid immigration documents.
Busia District Commissioner Nathan Hiribae said they were interrogated by security officers and later transferred to Liboi refugee camp on the Somalia/Kenya border.
In the country's vast North Eastern province that borders Somalia and Ethiopia, Provincial Commissioner Mohammoud Swaleh confirmed to PANA that he had ordered a crackdown on illegal immigrants.
Police and immigration officials had been ordered to track down all aliens within the province, he added, with a warning that any Kenyan found harbouring illegal immigrants would face the full force of the law.
In Nyanza Province, which is separated from Uganda and Tanzania by Lake Victoria, Provincial Commissioner John Nandasaba said he too had ordered a crackdown on aliens living illegally in major towns, in a bid to stem insecurity.
Speaking from the port town of Kisumu, Nandasaba said district commissioners had express orders to ensure that all illegal foreigners were identified and deported.

14 october 2001 11:09:00

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