US Cautions Citizens From Visiting Kisumu

    The United States Embassy in Nairobi has cautioned American citizens against travelling to Kisumu during elections.

    The embassy said in a statement on Tuesday that election-related protests may occur and, in some cases, turn violent.

    “Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy has imposed movement restrictions on personnel in Kisumu. The State Department reminds US citizens of the continued need for sustained vigilance,” reads the statement.

    “Election-related demonstrations and rallies regularly take place in the runup to the election and are likely 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.”

    The US embassy advised its citizens to keep an eye on local media for updates, stay away from crowds and demonstrations, and be aware of their surroundings.

    Other precautionary measures include not displaying signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches, reviewing personal security plans, having travel documents up to date and easily accessible, and carrying proper identification, including a copy of their US passport’s bio-page and a copy of a current Kenyan visa.