The doors to Nairobi’s Westgate shopping Mall were opened again. A committee of Kenya’s parliamentarians visited the centre where 67 people died in a terrorist attack as part of an investigation into alleged intelligence failings. It’s believed intelligence chiefs received warnings of an attack.
The government has called on the US to lift its travel caution to Americans planning to visit the east African country.
“The travel advisory at this stage is not helping our collective effort against global terrorism. We cannot and shall not allow terrorists to instil fear in our people and so we request the United States as a friendly country to Kenya to lift the travel advisory,” said Joseph Ole Lenku Kenya’s Interior Minister
The tourist industry, vital to the economic fabric of Kenya as a big earner of foreign exchange say analysts could suffer in the wake of the attack claimed by the al Shabaab Islamic militant group from neighbouring Somalia.
Two tourists gave their reaction with Anne Plant a visitor from Canada admitting concerns.
“We were worried before we came. We had a lot of calls from people to see if we were still going to come but it has been safe so far. We have been with locals most of the time so I think that helps a lot,” she explained.
Ted Like a missionary and tourist from Florida said he had no worries ahead of his visit.
“I mean our world is a dangerous place today. Things happen all the time. Westgate happened the day before we flew and a lot of people were concerned. We really didn’t give it a thought.”
Amid investigations claims have emerged soldiers sent to end the four-day siege looted some shops. The interior minister said three stores had been targeted.