By Augustine Oduor
Security has been beefed up at the Wild Waters Center in Mombasa as some 6,000 Secondary School Head Teachers converge for their 37th annual conference.
Kisauni OCPD, Julius Wanjohi assured teachers of their security and said enough police have been deployed to enhance security.
“Teachers should not be worried because we have enhanced security at the Center. But we also ask them to be alert and report any incidences to the police or the security committee,” he said.
He said uniformed police and those on plain clothe have been strategically placed around the Center.
The teachers security committee said despite the travel alert issued by the American government, teachers have turned up in their numbers.
The committee coordinators Stephen Njoroge, John Kirui and Ibrahim Maalim told the Standard that teachers have been asked to be their own first security.
“As you can see there is intensive screening, the presence of police and sniffer dogs. But the government can only do so much. We have told teachers to be their own security and to be alert at all times,” said Njoroge, who is also the chairman Kenya Secondary School Heads (Kessha) Nairobi branch.
Kessha national chairman Cleopas Tirop said teachers will not be intimidated by the terrorist scare but said that adequate measures have been taken to protect the lives of teachers.
“We are all alert and we hope that with the security arrangements made the meeting should proceed uninterrupted,” he said.
Political leaders invited
The conference will however be marked with heavy political undertones as seven presidential aspirants are expected to grace the meeting whose main focus this year is “Change Management’ in a democratic society.