The summit, to be held in the capital, Nairobi, from 24-26 July, could provide “a target for terrorists”, the US State Department said in a statement.
NAIROBI Kenya’s in vogue Westgate searching mall may revive on Saturday, almost three years after gunmen from the originial and Somali activist association al wel Shabaab wiped out a minimum of 67 certain people inside and carried out out for four days as peace of mind powers positioned cordon to the strict.
The Christian Science Monitor’s Paula Rogo reported last week: “Since 2013, [al-Shabab] has attacked Kenya 63 times, according to data as of late April from the Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies”.
Images beamed across the world during the raid dented Kenya’s image overseas and scared off tourists, hurting a vital sector of the economy.
“Exactly 22 months ago we had one of the saddest days in Kenyan history”, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero told reporters Tuesday, according to Agence France-Presse.
Atul Shah, who heads the main regional supermarket chain Nakumatt – whose store in the mall was where numerous victims were hunted down in aisles and killed – said they were ready to reopen.
“As patriotic Kenyan business people, we are confident that Westgate Mall will arise from the ruins to greater heights than it ever was”, Terry Mungai, owner of Ashleys Beauty centre, told Kenya’s Business Daily. “Kenya is safer than ever”.
The U.S. has issued a travel warning for Kenya ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama, who is due to address a summit on global entrepreneurship.
IRG, a private Israeli company, has been put in charge of running security in the re-opened mall.
New security features will include explosive detectors, luggage X-rays, scanners to check underneath cars, bollards to prevent auto bombs, and bullet-proof guard towers, Reuters reported.
“99% of my worries are about security”, said Rosemary Muthoni, a 28-year-old seeking a job at the mall.