UK updates travel information for Kenya following election day

British High Commission in Nairobi
British High Commission in Nairobi

The UK High Commission in Kenya have updated their travel advice following yesterday’s general election.

The update reads:

Presidential, parliamentary, county and local elections took place on 8 August 2017; rallies and protests are possible in the aftermath; you should monitor local and international media and avoid any demonstrations or disturbances.

This update follows a message sent via their SMS service which read:

Reports of crowds gathering in Kibera & Huruma. Exercise a heightened level of vigilance and take care in public places where people gather.

With just four polling stations still to declare, President Uhuru Kenyatta has retained a commanding lead of 54 per cent to his rival Mr Odinga’s 44 per cent in the presidential vote, giving him a margin of 1.4 million votes.

Appearing tired and harried, Mr Odinga used a press conference to allege that hackers penetrated the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) servers, manipulating results as they appeared in a live stream. He also claimed that an internal tally by his party, Nasa, put him ahead of the incumbent by nearly a million votes.

Mr Odinga also linked the death of a senior election official, found strangled and tortured a week before the polls, to the alleged penetration of electoral servers.

However, the electoral commission last night robustly defended the electoral process, saying that its systems were secure, with “no interferences before, during and after” Tuesday’s election.

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