High Commission warns of possible demonstrations today following Odinga’s withdrawal from Presidential re-run

British High Commission
British High Commission, Nairobi

The UK High Commission in Nairobi have used their text alert service to alert expats to the possibility of demonstrations following Raila Odinga’s decision to pull out of the Presidential election re-run.

The message reads: “Reports of planned demonstrations in Nairobi CBD today, 11 Oct. Please follow UK Govt Travel Advice, monitor local media and plan safely.”

The current travel advice for Kenya on the UK Government’s website states: “Presidential, parliamentary, county and local elections took place on 8 August 2017. On 1 September, the Supreme Court ruled that the presidential election was invalid and should be repeated within 60 days. Protests are likely in this period and could turn violent. During this period you should exercise a heightened level of vigilance and take care in public places where people gather. Monitor local and international media to avoid any demonstration or disturbance taking place. Leave any area of unrest quickly and don’t attempt to watch or photograph it. You should consider making personal contingency plans in case of unrest.”

The High Commission’s text alert service is free and to find out how to subscribe, click here.

Another way to keep up with the  latest news and alerts is to like the Brits in Kenya Facebook and join the British and Irish ex-pats Facebook social group (strictly for British and Irish expats only).