Security strengthened in Mombasa as Museveni visits

Officers in plain clothes deployed in the CBD, Likoni Ferry Channel and Mombasa Port as Uhuru prepares to receive visiting President

President Uhuru Kenyatta with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.
President Uhuru Kenyatta with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.
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Security has been beefed up in Mombasa and its environs as President Uhuru Kenyatta prepares to hosts his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday.

Mombasa county commissioner Evans Achoki said security preparations were tight. "We are set. Tuko tight," he said.

On Tuesday, top security officers held a meeting for hours at Uhuru na Kazi building.

It is the first time the two Presidents will be meeting in Mombasa.

Coast police boss Marcus Ochola said that preparations were "top notch."

"We are prepared to receive the head of state," Ochola said. He said details of the visit were confidential.

A source said contingents of different police units had been deployed in the coastal city's central business district, Likoni-Ferry channel and the Mombasa Port.

"We have many plain cloth officers on the ground now," the source said.

Museveni will be in Mombasa for a two-day official state visit to Kenya.

On arrival, the visiting President will be received by Uhuru at the Moi International Airport where State reception ceremonies will be conducted, State House spokesperson Kanze Dena said.

The two leaders will then proceed to State House where they will lead bilateral talks with their respective delegations before conducting a joint press briefing.  

Dena said the two leaders will tour the Port of Mombasa during the visit.

Port police boss Patrick Robalia said more officers had been deployed at all entry points.

Coast traffic commandant Jattani Wako said several roads leading to the Mombasa CBD might be closed. "We urge motorists to cooperate with police," Robalia said.