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August 9: US Cautions its Citizens Against Traveling to Kisumu


The US Embassy has imposed movement restrictions to its citizens ahead of the August 9 General Elections.

In a statement, the embassy warned it’s citizens against traveling to Kisumu County with just 5 days to the polls.

The embassy noted that election-related demonstrations and rallies mostly take place in the run-up to the elections and they are expected to block key intersections and causing traffic jams.

The embassy also noted that such demonstrations are most likely to be violent.

It also pointed put that such demos occur regularly in Kisumu County.

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


Protests outside the US Embasy in Nairobi PHOTO/COURTESY

As a result, the US embassy asked its citizens to keep monitoring local media for updates, avoid crowds, avoid demonstrations and keep a low profile.

They are also advised to be aware of their surroundings, and be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs, not to display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.

Further, US citizens are asked to review their personal security plans, have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.

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It is also advisable that they also carry proper identification, including a copy of the bio-page of their US passport with a copy of a current Kenyan visa.

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