UK government updates Kenya travel advice following violent protests

Cord demo Kisumu
One person is believed to have been killed during CORD demos in Kisumu. Photo: Twitter/IamSimani_

The UK government have updated their travel advice for British citizens in Kenya, following the recent Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) protests.

The advice reads:

In May and June 2016 political protests in Kisumu turned violent, further political protests in Nairobi, Kisumu and other parts of Kenya are planned in the lead up to August 2017 elections; you should take care in public places where people gather.

The warning comes after yesterday’s text alert was sent out to subscribers by the UK High Commission warning of disruption caused by protests which turned violent.

The protests have been organised by the CORD (Coalition for Reforms and Democracy) opposition party who have been holding demonstrations on Mondays to protest against what they claim is bias at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in favour of the governing Jubilee coalition.

They are demanding the Commission is replaced by a neutral body, with the current members of the electoral commission forced to resign ahead of next year’s presidential election.

If you would like to receive SMS text alerts from the British High Commission providing information on staying safe and avoiding problems in Kenya, text regp (for permanent residents) and regv (for visitors) to +447537404755.