garden city“Tell anyone you know to satay away from Garden City Mall Nairobi, terror alert issued by American Embassy.”

That message was doing round on Whatsapp and other social media yesterday. If you forwarded it to your friends or loved ones, you are just contributing to public panic for no good reasons.

As with most of all past ‘security alerts’, this was another hoax. The US Embassy in Nairobi denied issuing such a message.

Garden City also released a statement of their own.


It’s actually very easy to know when a real security alert has been issued. All major/credible news sources will run the story.

But if you read the ‘alert’ on the wall of that friend who has killed Biwott, Moi and Kibaki, and then forward it to your frightened mother, you’re part of the problem.