UK High Commission releases election safety advice update

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The UK High Commission in Kenya have released a travel advice summary covering the election period.

In an email, the update reads: “Presidential, parliamentary, county and local elections are scheduled for 8 August 2017; rallies and protests may take place in the lead up to, during and after elections; you should monitor local and international media and if a demonstration or disturbance takes place, leave the area quickly.”

Following the 2007 election, ethnic violence left more than 1,100 people dead and 600,000 displaced.

The protests and clashes that erupted in a handful of areas, minutes after the Supreme Court ruled that Uhuru Kenyatta was legitimately elected president in 2013, were nowhere near the scale of chaos during the previous election. However there were pockets of trouble, with mobs venting their election-related frustrations, burning down houses, stoning cars, smashing windows and challenging police officers. According to witnesses and police officials, at least six people were killed.

For the latest Kenyan travel advice, check the British government’s website.

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