7 'Guests' Arrested at WTO Conference

  • Seven individuals were on Tuesday arrested at the ongoing World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial conference, as they illegally tried to gain access into the venue at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi.

    According to the Ministry of Interior and Coordination, the suspects had impersonated delegates and sought to enter KICC using fake passes.

    “Police have arrested a number of individuals for impersonation as they tried to gain access to the WTO conference in Nairobi,” the police department said.

    According to the security department, some people had gained entry into the registration system and produced the fake passes.

    However, the phoney documents were automatically detected by the hi-tech accreditation system at the venue.

    This is the first time the WTO conference is hosted in Africa. About 7,000 delegates are said to be attending the 10th WTO, half of whom are foreigners.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the meeting on Tuesday, that is expected to come to a close on Friday.

    WTO provides a forum for negotiating agreements aimed at reducing obstacles to international trade and ensuring a level playing field for all, thus contributing to economic growth and development.