U.S issues travel advisory against Kisumu ahead of Monday's Supreme Court ruling

for Tv47 Digital September 01, 2022, 06:34 PM
U.S issues travel advisory against Kisumu
An aerial view of a section of Kisumu City. The U.S government has placed a travel advisory against Kisumu ahead of the Supreme Court of Kenya ruling on the presidential election petition on Monday, September 5, 2022.

The U.S government on Thursday imposed movement restrictions on its personnel in Kisumu County, ahead of the Supreme Court ruling on the presidential election petition.

In a statement by the U.S Embassy in Kenya, the superpower is worried that the region may experience acts of violence when the apex court will release its ruling on the petition on Monday (September 5).

Consequently, the U.S is now advising its citizens in the country to monitor local media for vital updates, keep a low profile and avoid crowds and demonstrations during this period.

Other than advising its citizens to have their travel documents up to date and be easily accessible, the U.S government further says that they should be aware of their surroundings, be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs and be keen not to display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.

U.S Embassy in Kenya full statement

· Carry proper identification, including a copy of the bio-page of your U.S. passport with a copy of a current Kenyan visa.The Kenyan Supreme Court is scheduled to announce a ruling on the presidential results on September 5, 2022. Kenya has periodically experienced some post-electoral violence during election cycles.

Election-related demonstrations and rallies regularly take place after elections, 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 U.S. Embassy has imposed movement restrictions on U.S. government personnel in Kisumu. The State Department reminds U.S. citizens of the continued need for sustained vigilance.

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