The United States embassy in Nairobi has issued a security alert ahead of the forthcoming elections.
In an alert dated April 12th, the embassy warned of election-related demonstrations and violence during party primaries this month and the general election on August 9th.
“Candidate selection for national and county offices will take place throughout the country in April, followed by nationwide campaigning. Election-related demonstrations may occur, possibly blocking key intersections and resulting in widespread traffic jams,” the notice reads.
“Violence associated with demonstrations may also occur, ranging from rock throwing to police using force.”
The embassy similarly observed that strikes and other protest activities related to economic conditions occur regularly in the country.
Consequently, American nationals residing or traveling to Kenya during the electioneering period have been urged to monitor local media updates, avoid crowds, and demonstrations, and be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMS.
Other measures include keeping a low profile, reviewing personal security plans, carrying proper documentation as well as ensuring their travel documents are up to date and easily accessible.
“Be aware of your surroundings, do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches and constantly,” the embassy cautioned.