US issues travel alert for Kenya over elections

The United States President Donald Trump, through state department, has warned Americans living or planning to travel to Kenya.

US President Donald Trump

The US warned that political activities in the country could spark unforeseen violence and urged its citizens to be cautious.

“Rallies, demonstrations and protests may occur with little notice and even those intended to be peaceful can escalate into violence,” part of the statement read.

The State department also warned that terrorist groups could take advantage of the situation and targets visitors and huge gatherings.

“As with all large events, there is also the opportunity for criminal elements or terrorists to target participants and visitors. You should avoid areas of gatherings, protests, and demonstrations, and exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of any such events,” the statement continues.

US Citizens were given the following guidelines to help them:

- U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation.

- Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.

- Avoid crowds and remain alert when using public transportation.

- Report specific safety concerns to local law enforcement authorities.

- Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.

- Restrictions on traffic circulation, either imposed by the authorities or caused by political rallies, could occur during the elections period.

This is not the first time the US has issued a travel advisory to Kenya over security issues.

In the recent past, US had warned its citizen to avoid travelling to sections of the country due to the threat posed by Al-Shabaab militants.

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