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Boinett recalls police officers from leave ahead of Obama visit

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has recalled all police officers from leave and put a moratorium on the annual breaks as security agencies increase surveillance ahead of US president Barack Obama’s arrival in the country.

Sources at Jogoo House told Nairobi News that Mr Boinett recalled the officers on leave in a signal (official police communication), which was sent several weeks ago.

Already, prison guards, administration and regular police have been making foot and vehicle patrols on Nairobi streets, while the installation of security cameras around the city has been fast-tracked.

INTENSIVE TRAINING

The Nairobi News understands that a number of Kenyan security personnel have already been to the United States where they underwent intensive training.

US presidents are guarded by hundreds of highly trained Secret Service who travel with him to whatever destination.

They are reinforced by local security agencies who, however, play a peripheral role.

President Obama, arguably the most guarded person on the planet, will visit Kenya on July 25, the first such visit by a sitting US President since independence, for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

The country is on high alert after a series of devastating terrorist by Al Shabaab militants.

On Monday, the US State Department renewed a travel advisory to Kenya saying Americans could be targets during the summit.