UK High Commission warns of potential disturbances around Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). Photo: Li Yong

The UK High Commission have used their text message alert system to warn British expats that there have been reports of police and protesters engaging each other in the vicinity of the Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi ahead of opposition leader Raila Odinga’s arrival back in the country.

The message reads:

“Reports received of police engaging groups of protesters in the vicinity of JKIA; this may  spread and may continue throughout the day. Maintain caution.”

The husband of one expat saw large crowds gathering at 7am near the industrial area round about, but there was no evidence of disturbances.

Another eyewitness reported there was no access to or from the airport, saying that as they came via the bypass to the Ole Sereni Hotel this morning, some people had put rocks on the road and were being chased away by police in riot gear.

“The security manager here has just said that there is no entry or exit into the airport at the moment,” they added.

Some skirmishes have also been reported on Jogoo Road. A car has been set on fire by the crowd with other vehicles having been stoned.