In spite of our new truly
democratic government, and the huge strides it has taken in a very short
time to rectify the mistakes of the previous government - our so-called
best friends and allies, the USA and UK, seem intent on destroying our
In May, the Minister for
Internal Security announced that it was thought that a suspected Al Qaeda
terrorist might be hiding in Kenya, and that there was therefore a possible
threat of terrorist attacks. Of course, the media greedily seized on this
and caused a major panic worldwide, with British Airways immediately stopping
all flights to Kenya, and the US State Department and British Foreign
Office issuing the highest level travel advisories to their citizens.
As a result, many tourists cancelled their holidays to Kenya, others postponed
and the hoped for bookings for the start of the tourist High Season failed
to materialise. Many coast hotels are threatened with closure and thousands
of employees in the tourism sector are being laid off countrywide. The
snowball effect is hitting other industries who supply the tourist trade.
It is estimated that the country has lost over five million US dollars
in tourist revenue. And with the African extended family tradition - every
job lost will affect at least five other Kenyans.
The US and UK diplomatic
missions sporadically close siting "specific terrorist threats",
but they are yet to substantiate any of these. Kenya has stretched its
meagre resources to the limit to meet the UK's eight conditions on security.
The one remaining condition - The Suppression of Terrorism Bill 2003 -
is about to be rushed through Parliament. It has been revealed that the
"most wanted" terrorist named in the initial report in May was
a minor operative in an Al Qaeda cell, was thought to be in Somalia, and
was never actually seen in Kenya.
Kenya owes thanks to the
governments of France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Hungary for their support
in recently lifting the travel ban to Kenya.
Pontact Productions wishes
to inform all our friends and clients worldwide that the Kenya they know
is unchanged - spectacular unspoilt locations and wonderful friendly people.
Security has been visibly stepped up at Airports, hotels, city buildings
and shopping malls. Contact us at any time for a current and honest assessment
of the situation - even an official government statement, if you require
The Ultimate Irony
Amid dire warnings from US and UK diplomats not to gather in public places,
the British High Commissioner saw fit to hold his annual Queen's Birthday
bash at "the Residence" in Nairobi's posh Muthaiga suburb. With
all the leading British businessmen in Kenya and their wives and the entire
Diplomatic community consorts, quaffing their whiskeys and G&T's well
into the night - what more tempting Terrorist Target? But did anything
happen? Of course not!
However, last weekend, a comedian (?) dressed as Osama Bin Laden successfully
gate-crashed Prince William's 21st Birthday Party at Windsor Castle, leaped
on stage, grabbed the microphone and kissed the Prince on both cheeks,
in the presence of the Queen and all the royals!