With a high level of uncertainty surrounding the presidential election tourists have been told to take all measures to ensure their security.
As a result the government of the United Kingdom has warned against traveling west of Kenya during this time which has seen a lot of violence and protests.
“Media report that the governors of Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay, Kakamega and Migori have said that elections won’t be allowed to take place in their counties on 26 October. This may trigger further protests. You should avoid traveling around these regions on and around days of planned protests including areas where demonstrations may take place,” the notice reads in part.
Initially UK tourists had been advised to avoid areas near the border of Kenya and Somalia, Garissa County, Lamu County and Tana River.
Britain through their minister of State in the Foreign Office, Rory Stewart, have expressed their concern over “the increasingly unstable political situation in Kenya, and encouraging a peaceful and non-violent election period.”
The warning comes after the withdrawal of National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga from the re-run of the presidential poll. Supporters of the party have started a nation-wide boycott and have refused to take part in the electoral process alleging that it will not be a free and fair election.
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