Having just breezed through on business, I thought I’d give a personal perspective on things before I go to bed!
Jomo - During the arrival phase, there did seem to be more security staff around, particularly outside the Airport buildings. On returning to for departure, our vehicle was actually stopped and searched; the first time this has happened in many years of visiting; it would seem a ‘white face’ is no longer a sufficient to get you quickly through a barrier; which impressed me.
NBO - Security within the centre is much more visible than ‘normal’, plenty of armed Police patrolling and they do seem to be keen. Once outside the centre, things obviously appear more relaxed, though not in anyway that would make you worry. They are after all concentrating their efforts on the most likely targets.
Hotels - Whilst I did not stay in ‘a tourist hotel or area for that matter’, I obviously passed a few, all seemed to acting in calm and efficient manner concerning their security. I did pop for drinks in the Jacaranda and whilst this has always struck me as more secure than many, in my opinion, again they seemed keen to get things right.
Tourist Opinions - Of the tourists I spoke to, whilst all aware of the latest goings on and many admitted to be very apprehensive before arrival, they seemed to believe it no more dangerous than visiting London or New York. They were also impressed by the way everyone was dealing with the situation, from the staff at the airport to their hotel Askari and all were greatly looking forward to their safari.
Ex-Pat Opinions – No great change, though bear in mind most I had dealing with are former military, police and Government employees, so probably more used to living with any sort of threat. They were worried about the long term impact of on tourism obviously, particularly as many believe, as I do, that Al Shabaab will attempt something a little bigger in months to come, but no time soon; all were impressed (shocked) by the efficient actions of the security services in the swift capture of the last batch of miscreants and the clampdown on areas possibly harbouring the next batch.
Summary - All in all, there is no panic on the streets, no tension, no huddles of worried tourists locking themselves in their rooms out of fear. Life seems to be going on, as normal, with just a heightened sense of awareness and greater visible physical protection. I would have had no qualms about staying longer, chance would have been a fine thing, and never really felt ‘threatened’; moreover, given that I will be visiting again in early December, have no worries whatsoever as to the safety of loved ones or myself at the moment.