Kenya seeks to quell tourism concerns following tourist murder

Kenya seeks to quell tourism concerns following tourist murder

Officials in Kenya have drafted extra police and soldiers into the area where a British holidaymaker was shot and killed and his wife kidnapped.

David and Judith Tebbutt were staying at the luxury Kiwayu Safari Village when the incident occurred on September 10th.

Both are believed to be from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, with fears growing Mrs Tebbutt may have been taken to Somalia by her kidnappers.

“The government of Kenya expresses its deepest sympathy to the family of the bereaved and their loved ones.

“We strongly condemn this senseless act of violence on innocent visitors to our country,” read a statement from the Kenya Tourist Board.

The ministry is now working with the relevant security organs as it seeks to ensure the perpetrators of the crime are caught. 

“A team of security personnel are already on the ground and a massive manhunt of the perpetrators of this heinous act has been launched,” added the statement.

“We further wish to reassure tourists in the coastal border towns and indeed all over the country, that the government has proper machinery in place to ensure high level security for our tourists.”

Over 160,000 British visitors arrived in Kenya last year, according to figures from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).