Seth Onyango @SethManex
New security measures have been effected at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) ahead of the commencement of direct flights between Kenya and the United States in October.
Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i confirmed that the security system at the airport hasdbeen overhauled when he made an impromptu tour of the facility yesterday.
The CS was accompanied by his counterparts Najib Balala (Tourism), James Macharia (Transport), and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, among other top state officials. He said the upgrade of the airport’s security system was meant to seal all loopholes that may be exploited by criminals before the imminent direct commercial flights linking Kenya and the US.
As part of the overhaul, National Youth Service (NYS) personnel who been manning the main security checkpoint have been removed and replaced with GSU officers.
Addressing the press after the security assessment exercise, Matiang’i revealed that the airport has been combed to ensure that no unwanted elements operate within the facility.
This includes taxi operators who do not possess the requisite approvals from the airport’s authorities. “We are taking the security of our entry points very seriously.
The screening may be more rigorous at the entry points but we are trying to make it more friendly. All of us have to work together to ensure we have the security we need,” he said.