Kenya is now safer, says French en­voy

Deputy am­bas­sador says they are work­ing on lifting travel ban on Lamu

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - MALEMBA MKONGO @malem­ba_mkongo

The French Em­bassy has said Kenya’s se­cu­rity has dras­ti­cally im­proved. Deputy am­bas­sador Kim Ra­moneda said de­spite the ap­par­ent nor­malcy, there is still a lot to be done.

She was speak­ing after vis­it­ing Mom­basa Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho at the week­end. Ra­moneda said nor­malcy has led to the lifting of a travel ad­vi­sory to its cit­i­zens.

In May 2014, France, the UK, the US and Aus­tralia is­sued travel ad­vi­sories forn some parts of Kenya fol­low­ing a string of terror at­tacks by al Shabaab.

Last De­cem­ber, the French gov­ern­ment lifted travel bans on Mom­basa and Malindi tourist town in Kil­ifi county.

Ra­moneda vis­ited Mom­basa to wel­come the old­est navy ship – the MV Lafayette – which was fea­tured in a fa­mous James Bond movie.

She said France is now work­ing on lifting a travel ad­vi­sory for Lamu coun- ty. “Se­cu­rity has taken a U-turn and we hope it will get bet­ter so we lift the ban on Lamu,” Ra­moneda said.

She said Kenya needs part­ner­ships in solv­ing its se­cu­rity prob­lems, not as­sis­tance. Ra­moneda said Kenyan sol­diers are train­ing at an army camp in France.

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