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Kenya: President Uhuru criticizes UK over travel warnings to Kenya

(By Estera Popowska)
In what analysts suspect may cause a rift between Kenya and UK, the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has accused UK of making selective travel warnings.
According to Daily Nation, the Kenyan head of state criticised the UK for issuing travel advisories to its citizens, saying they were based on “untrue” information about Kenya’s security.

Kenya: British Company to market Kenya following recent security problems

(By Bonny Apunyu)
Following travel advisories by Western countries and recent terror attacks that have dealt Kenya’s image a major blow, a British public relations firm has been hired to help save Kenya’s reputation abroad, Daily Nation reported Thursday.

In a statement issued Thursday, Kenya’s Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie said Grayling Global would promote Kenya’s potential globally and “assist the government in communicating its message effectively both regionally and internationally”

Kenya: Mass demonstrators demand better security against Al shabab attacks

(By Bonny Apunyu)
On what marked the last leg of mourning for the 148 people massacred by the militants who attacked a Kenyan University last Thursday, hundreds of Kenyans demonstrated Tuesday calling for better security in the East African nation.

According to reports, the frustrated Kenyan demonstrators waved placards and chanted slogans as they marched on the streets of the Kenyan capital Nairobi and the north-eastern town of Garissa, where the massacre was carried out reports Daily Monitor.

Uganda: Eight suspects on Al Shabab linked terrorism trial at High Court

(By Bonny Apunyu)
Uganda’s daily Monitor has reported Wednesday that eight people accused of planning to carry out terrorism aattacks in Uganda have been paraded to high court for trial.
The suspects whose names were published by Uganda’s Daily Monitor online news website, were reportedly arrested last year in Uganda’s surburb city of Kisenyi.

Kenya: Government closes 13 Somali transfer firms, freezes 86 Somali bank accounts

(By Bonny Apunyu)

In an effort to prevent Somali-linked militant Islamists from using money to finance attacks, Kenya's government has ordered the closure of 13 Somali linked money transfer firms, Kenya’s interior minister told BBC.

The Kenyan government official, Joseph Nkaissery reportedly said bank accounts of 86 individuals and "entities" had also been frozen. According to a BBC report, the Kenyan government has targeted Somali-linked Bus Company and hotel.

Kenya: South African President supports Kenya, Somalia against Al Shabab

(By Estera Popowska)
The South African President Jacob Zuma has expressed South Africa’s support for Kenya and the international community’s efforts aimed at peacekeeping, stability, democracy and nation-building in Somalia.

According to reports, South Africa “in the strongest possible terms” condemns the “barbaric and cowardly” terrorist attack at Garissa University College in Kenya last week, in which 148 people were killed.

Uganda: Second suspected Al-Shabaab terrorist arrested

(By Bonny Apunyu)
Uganda police has arrested a suspected terrorist in Kyengera, a police spokesman confirmed the development to New Vision but declined to divulge further details. According to a Ugandan police spokesman, Fred Enanga, "We have made an arrest. Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura will address the press shortly with the details"Enanga reportedly said.

Kenya: Deadly attacks by al shabab affecting tourism industry -Hoteliers

After Islamist gunmen last week killed 147 people at the Garissa University College campus in Kenya, tourists have started cancelling trips to Kenya, Hoteliers from Kenya's Indian Ocean coast region and sprawling game park reserves have said.

According to reports, the recent massacre by al Shabab militant group has overwhelmed Kenya and launched a new challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta's plans to boost the tourism sector.

Kenya: Authorities slow to respond to massacre intelligence-Police Source

A Kenyan police source told CNN on Monday that Kenya was warned of the militant attack on Garissa but took hours to respond. The source said Kenyan authorities received intelligence that a university in Garissa could be attacked, but after the alarm Kenya’s rapid response team was stuck in Kenyan capital, Nairobi for hours arranging for transport.