Kenyan President too pledges maximum security for WC

Published: Friday, January 24, 2003, 17:08 [IST]
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Nairobi: Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki pledged on Thursday to provide maximum security for the two World Cup matches due to be played here next month, a Presidential statement said here.

"The President wishes to acknowledge the great honour bestowed upon the country by being chosen to co-host these matches with South Africa and Zimbabwe and, as such, the government will do all in its power to ensure success of the games," a statement released by the Presidential Press Service (PPS) said.

"In view of the concerns expressed over Kenya's ability to provide adequate security during the event, considering the current state of international flux, President Kibaki wishes to assure... that no effort will be spared to ensure their safety and security," the statement said. "President Kibaki wishes to assure all those, who are going to travel to Kenya, that no effort will be spared to ensure their safety and security... "This is in line with the fact that the government is duty-bound to provide security and ensure the safety of all who reside in or visit the country," the statement added.

Kenya has finalised a security operation plan with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and South Africa's World Cup organisers to back up their preparations to host two first round matches in Nairobi next month, involving New Zealand and Sri Lanka. ICC is yet to make a decision of whether Kenya will retain its status as a co-host after an ICC fact-finding visit here early this month.

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