June 13, 2014. Kenyan Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo on Thursday (June 12th) said police have enhanced security at public venues that will be showing World Cup matches, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported.
He said strict guidelines had also been issued to owners of bars and restaurants in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks.
“We have put sufficient security measures in place to ensure that fans watching the matches in clubs and pubs are safe,” Kimaiyo said.
In addition to being on alert for terrorist activity, officers will be on the lookout for lawlessness.
“My appeal to the fans is for them to obey the law,” Kimaiyo said. “Let people cheer their teams peacefully without provoking other viewers so that peace could prevail during the championship. Anyone found on the wrong side would have to face the music.”
Police spokesperson Gatiria Mboroki said the move was a precautionary measure, not in response to any credible threat of a planned terrorist act.
“Those organising public viewing of matches should get in touch with county commanders to discuss special security arrangements, especially in places where huge crowds are expected,” Mboroki said.
Four years ago al-Shabaab bombed a crowed club in Kampala, Uganda, during the World Cup final, killing 74 people. The militant group said the attack was in retaliation for Ugandan military activity in Somalia.