British government updates safety advice for UK nationals during Ramadan

Nairobi skyline
Nairobi Skyline ©Jorge Lascar

The British government have updated their safety advice for UK nationals living, working or visiting Kenya.

It encourages “extra vigilance” in Nairobi, Mombasa and Malindi during Ramadan and reports there have already been a number of arrests in the coastal region.

The email also urges British citizens exercise caution due to further political protests around Kenya, including Nairobi and Kisumu in the lead up to next August’s elections.

The email reads as follows:

On 10 June 2016 the Inspector General of the National Police Service released a statement encouraging extra vigilance in Nairobi, and the coastal regions of Mombasa and Malindi during the holy month of Ramadan; there have been a number of arrests in the coastal region during this period; further political protests in Nairobi, Kisumu and other parts of Kenya may occur in the lead up to August 2017 elections.

It is hoped that yesterday’s agreement to establish a Parliamentary Joint Committee to look into matter relating to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will lead to a reduction in the violent protests.

This agreement was welcomed by UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, and the American Ambassador Robert ‘Bob’ Godec who released a joint statement on the matter.