With every single family, couple and squad up in festivity mode as the Easter Holiday nears, the risks of losing loved ones is also a daunting yet real factor during such times.
Cases of drunken driving o high and so do accidents, overloading of public service vehicles due to increased demands also happens during such times. In fact, for places like Mombasa pretty much all means of transport are fully booked.
At the same time, criminals and terror groups could have no better time to bay for prey in tourist attraction places such as Mombasa, Naivasha, Mara areas and even the country side areas.
Someone said that Easter is for any reasons just a short Christmas Holiday, and I agree.
For this reason, the police service have decided to beef up their systems.
Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday National Police Service Spokesman Charles Owino said a team of senior officers has already been formed and will be deployed to respective areas to oversee security operations.
Areas cited include: Mombasa, Naivasha, Nanyuki and Maasai Mara game reserves, which are poised to attract both local and international tourists in the next couple of days.
“We are going to work on the general security across all parts of the country during the festivities,” he said.
The mapped areas are expected to have “very large numbers of people” according to Owino. “We are prepared to handle any situation that arises. We have criminals everywhere.”
This is as the country is still on high alert more so from the security risk posed by the Al-Shabaab militants, who have been sneaking into the country and back to Somalia, and often launching pockets of attacks. Such is evident in the recent kidnapping of Cuban doctors posted in Mandera.
So while the idea of a vacay is all so good, it is even more important to stay vigilant.