Lyon said that al-Shabab could focus on smaller and poorly
coordinated attacks in north-eastern parts of Kenya in the near
future hence the need for heightened vigilance.
needs to be resilient against any form of crisis, including a
"It is worth noting that terrorism is a global issue and not
just a risk we are facing in Kenya or Africa," said Lyon.
Lyon said that Kenyan security forces acted in a
professional, timely and well-coordinated manner during the
latest terrorist attack.
Lyon added that Kenya’s vulnerability to frequent al-Shabab
attacks, compared to the neighboring countries, is because the
east African nation has a larger presence of international
organizations that have elevated its prestige.
Kenya says investment
climate resilient despite terror threats
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The investment climate in Kenya has weathered
jitters linked to the latest terrorist attack at a premier
business complex in Nairobi to remain resilient, a senior
government official said on Friday.
Monica Juma, cabinet secretary for foreign affairs and
international trade, said that local and foreign investors have
retained confidence in the Kenyan market despite security
threats like crime and terrorism.
"Our attractiveness as an ideal investment destination has
not suffered lasting damage as the country shakes off effects of
a terrorist attack.
"The rally at the stock market and consistency in tourist
arrivals confirm this economy is very resilient," said Juma.
She spoke in Nairobi during a meeting with business leaders
and regulators to discuss policy realignment that is required to
enhance competitiveness of Kenyan businesses against a backdrop
of creation of a continental free trade area.
Kenya was thrust into the global spotlight on Jan.15 when
armed assailants linked to Somalia-based terrorist network al-Shabab
attacked a premier business complex in Nairobi where they killed
21 people and injured dozens.
The terrorist attack at 14 River Side Drive located in
Nairobi’s upmarket Westlands District has caused minimum
disruption to economic activities in the country.
Juma downplayed security threats, saying that Kenya is open
for investments across key sectors of the economy like
manufacturing, financial services and tourism to help realize a
"We have a strategy to reduce risks to businesses and our
private sector will be facilitated to explore the regional and
continental market," said Juma.
She noted that Kenya’s democratic credentials coupled with
friendly regulations and a predictable investment climate have
positioned the east African nation as a preferred investment
Nick Nesbitt, chairman of Kenya Private Sector Alliance, said
that state interventions are crucial to risk-proof investments
required to spur economic growth and job creation in the
"Dialogue is key to enhance private sector led growth while
cushioning the local investment climate from risks," said
James Mureu, vice-chairman of Kenya National Chamber of
Commerce and Industry said the resilience of local economy in
the face of a terrorist attack was a confidence booster to
United States embassy
urges Kenyans to
sustain vigilance in wake of terror threats
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The United States has issued a security alert, urging Kenyans to
sustain vigilance in wake of terror attacks in the east African
In its security alert, the U.S. embassy in Kenya reminded the
public to stay vigilant in public spaces such as shopping malls,
hotels, and places of worship.
The warning came 10 days after al-Shabab attacked a luxury
hotel and office complex housing multinational companies in
Nairobi that left 21 people killed.
The security forces have rounded up several suspects who are
in police custody in connection with Jan. 15 attack at the leafy
dusitD2 complex on 14 Riverside Drive.
Somali terror group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the
The militant group said the Nairobi attack was a response to
the "witless remarks" of U.S. President Donald Trump and his
declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to the
"systematic prosecution of Muslims in Palestine."
The embassy asked the public to be aware of their
surroundings and stay alert in locations frequented by tourists
The American embassy also advised foreigners to have their
travel documents up to date and easily accessible and also
advised the public to review their personal security plans.