US Embassy Cautions American Citizens Against Traveling in Kisumu During Elections
The United States Embassy has warned its citizens not to travel to Kisumu during this electioneering period. In a notice seen by various media houses on Wednesday, August 3, the Embassy directed its citizens to avoid the lakeside town.
The notice read…
Kenya is scheduled to hold elections on August 9, 2022. Campaigning for local and national offices is fully underway. Kenya has periodically experienced some pre-electoral violence during election cycles.
Election-related demonstrations and rallies regularly take place in the runup to the election and are lilely to continue at times, blocking key intersections and causing traffic jams.
Demonstrations may occasionally be violent, requiring police intervention. Strikes and other protest activities related to economic conditions occur regularly.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy has imposed movement restrictions on personnel in Kisumu. The State Department remind U.S. citizens of the continued need for sustained vigilance.
The notice warned the citizens to avoid crowds, keep a low profile, avoid demonstrations and listen to local media.