By Asha Hamisi
As Christians all over the world mark Christmas, Kenyans have been reminded the importance of giving to the needy as Christmas would be meaningless without the spirit of giving, caring and inclusiveness.
Several leaders and institutions have come out to share the day with the less fortunate in the society to ensure their Christmas is not short of merriment, pomp, colour and fanfare. Athi River GK prison management pulled a surprise breakfast for more than 700 inmates from the prison.
In the spirit of sharing and caring during this festive season, the prison management shared a special cup of tea and delicacies with the prisoners to give them a break from the usual cup of uji they take every day.
In West Pokot, Governor Simon Kachapin donated food stuffs and household items to patients admitted at Kapenguria hospital during Christmas eve as a goodwill gesture where he wished the sick a quick recovery.
And it was a joyful re-union for a family in Narok County after their daughter who disappeared four years ago returned home this Christmas.
Eighteen year-old Joy Milano left her family for an unknown destination to escape female genital mutilation and a planned early marriage. Emotions ran high as the villagers celebrated her return in song and dance.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has said that police have put in place measures that will ensure heightened security during this festive season and asked members of the public to be vigilant to avert any potential attacks by Al Shabaab militants whose threat remains real in the country.
Boinnet said enough police officers have been deployed to ensure Kenyans celebrate Christmas safely.
He said that police are in pursuit of the outlawed sect members who have been spotted sneaking into the country and asked Kenyans to report any suspicious activities which might pose a threat to the county’s security. He assured Kenyans of security and warned against recklessness on the roads.
Boinnet made the remarks at Kilimani Divisional Police headquarters where he paid a visit to get first -hand information on police preparedness on security issues in the city especially now that majority of Nairobians have traveled upcountry to celebrate Christmas with their relatives.
Elsewhere, Mombasa County is a beehive of activity with both international and local tourists having flocked the coastal City to celebrate Christmas and New Year.
A spot check by KBC in tourist hotels and other entertainment facilities revealed the places are packed to capacity. County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said all the beaches were under a 24-hour surveillance and that Churches, shopping malls, the Likoni channel, and government installations remain under tight security.
Mombasa is the preferred holiday destination for many Kenyans and foreign tourists. Every year, it receives record numbers of visitors arriving to enjoy the sea, sun and sand.
Meanwhile, a section of Kenyans have expressed their dissatisfaction in the manner they are being treated in hotels, bars and restaurants this festive season. The Kenyans allege that they are often given poor service while foreigners receive top-notch treatment.