UK High Commission warns of violent clashes in Kawangware area

Kawangware election riots
Photos published on social media show disturbances in Kawangware. Photo: Twitter

The UK High Commission in Kenya have updated their travel advice following yesterday’s re-run of the Presidential election. It reiterates the announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission that voting was not possible at a number of polling stations and warns that political demonstrations are high. The message also cautions that demonstrations and clashes are possible, particularly in the western region.

Additionally, the update cautions against travelling around areas where demonstrations may take place.

Summary – presidential elections took place on 26 October 2017; the IEBC has announced that voting was not possible at a number of polling stations in Homa Bay, Siaya, Kisumu, Migori, Turkana and Garissa, and is planning next steps; political tensions are high and demonstrations and clashes are possible throughout the country, particularly in the western region; you should exercise caution and, where possible, avoid travelling around areas where demonstrations may take place.

Later, the High Commission’s text message service sent out the following update:

“Reports of unrest and violent clashes in the Kawangware area. Please limit movement in the vicinity and exercise caution.”

We reposted this update on the Telegram chat group for British and Irish expats in Kenya. The join link for this can be found in the Facebook group which is only accessible to British and Irish expats and descendants.

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