Security has been hightened in Kenya due to expected visits of the US President, Barack Obama in July 2015 and Pope Francis in November 2015.
Both visits involves high-level security arrangements and other logistics due to large crowds that gather to see them and the potential threat to their lives.
Obama will travel to Kenya in July for bilateral meetings and the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, an annual conference that connects entrepreneurs with business leaders, international organizations, and governments.
Pope Francis will be visiting Kenya in November. “The visit by the Pope also shows the focus by the global community on Kenya as the gateway to Africa. Later in the year, we will also host the World Trade Organisation ministerial meetings here, and believe we have a strong chance to hold the first Ticad summit outside of Japan in Nairobi in the first quarter of next year,” said Mr Esipisu.
In addition, two German airlines are now resuming flights to Nairobi and Mombasa hence boosting tourism. Now there will be weekly flights from Munich to Mombasa. Condor Airline is introducing flights from Munich to Mombasa in addition to its weekly flights from Frankfurt to Mombasa. This came after three weeks after another German airline, Lufthansa, announced resumption of flights from Frankfurt to Nairobi on October. (SOURCE: Daily Nation Monday, June 29, 2015)
Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama is making his first trip to his father's native Kenya as president this summer, the White House announced Monday.
"His trip will build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and continue our efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security," Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.
This will be the President's fourth trip to Sub-Saharan Africa. His last trip was in December 2013 for the funeral of Nelson Mandela. He also traveled to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania during summer 2013 for a series of events on the United States' commitment to African economic growth, democratic institutions and young leadership development.
It is now official: Pope Francis will visit Kenya in November.
State House confirmed the Vatican had officially reached out to the Kenya government and agreed on a papal visit at the end of the year. However, the two governments were working on the specific dates.
“The Vatican has formally contacted the government about a visit to Kenya in November. The government has responded in the affirmative. We look forward to this historic visit by the Holy Father,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s spokesman Manoah Esipisu.
The visit will follow that of Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in mid-next month, and President Barack Obama’s in July.
“The visit by the Pope also shows the focus by the global community on Kenya as the gateway to Africa. Later in the year, we will also host the World Trade Organisation ministerial meetings here, and believe we have a strong chance to hold the first Ticad summit outside of Japan in Nairobi in the first quarter of next year,” said Mr Esipisu.
Earlier, the Pope had hinted that he may visit Kenya this year during his maiden tour of Africa. He will also visit Uganda and the war-ravaged Central African Republic.
The Pope’s visit involves high-level security arrangements and other logistics due to large crowds that gather to see him and the potential threat to his life.
The official vehicle of the Head of the Catholic Church, known as the Popemobile, has for decades been covered in bullet-proof glass during his tours, but Pope Francis has not been keen to hide behind that shield in order to get close to his flock.
In April, Pope Francis mentioned Kenya during his Easter prayers after Al-Shabaab terrorists killed 148 people, almost all of them students, in an attack at Garissa University College.
“May constant prayer rise up from all people of goodwill for those who lost their lives – I think in particular of the young people who were killed last Thursday (April 2) at Garissa University College in Kenya – for all who have been kidnapped, and for those forced to abandon their homes and their dear ones,” said the 78-year-old.