Over 200 Secret Service agents in Nairobi for Obama visit


Secret service rules require that its officers are responsible for “proximate cover” security.

At least 200 Secret Service agents have arrived in the country and two armoured vehicles brought ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit in July. The team will also arrange for the security of two senior officials expected in the country next week. The vehicles are kept at the US Embassy in Gigiri while most of the officers are in Nairobi though another team has been sent to Kisumu.

Reports indicate that Kenya was declared relatively safe before the White House announced President Obama’s visit. However, the pre-announcement assessment recommended an increased campaign against terror locally and in neighbouring Somali. As a result, the US counter-terrorism officers enhanced their focus in the East African region, more so on Somali.