Received approximately 3 million dollars (300 million Kenya shillings) on refurbishing its security systems as well as enhancing the general enhancement of its visual appearance. Extra special attention and keenness were also given to the cleaning of the city, not frequently done, with hundreds of off-government employment cleaners hired to do the clean-up. All the streets and highways that were scheduled paths of passage by the “beast” were cleaned and beefed up with security personnel. An advance team for the preparation of President Barrack Obamas visit to Kenya was in the country several weeks prior to the actual visit.
His advance team was drawn from the Secret Service, and the White House held meetings with principal security chiefs to plan for the visit. Based on diplomatic sources, the team was meant to prepare a brief for US Secretary of State, John Kerry, who was to be in the country on May 4 (YALI, 2015). The team was expected mid-May also drew up an evacuation plan for Obama especially the position of Airforce One and Marine One. An American warship was already approaching the Indian Ocean waters near to Kenya as one of the security connections in preparation for the trip.
After the Garissa terror incident, Obama called President Uhuru Kenyatta and made him aware of his plan to visit Kenya. Kenya was to be assigned a central role in the security planning but because of the recent Garissa shooting, the plan was inevitably altered as the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) demanded to have full and total control of all security preparations and operation; including having command over the associated Kenyan security personnel who were re-posted from their security posts and deployed temporarily to the capital for the purpose of securing the summit. During the funeral of retired South African President Nelson Mandela, which was graced by Obama and other global dignitaries on December 15, 2013, in his birthplace village of Qunu, the Secret Service left security affairs at the stadium to town authorities.
However, unlike the visit to South Africa for Mandelas burial on short notice, plans for the Kenyan visit were already underway according to the US and Kenyan administration insiders. "The presence of the false interpreter, who reached just an arms length away from Obama triggered fundamental lessons for the US Secret Service.
With over 1,200 delegates anticipated for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which Obama co-hosted,
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