US Government Issues Warning Ahead of Kenya's October Elections

  • The US State Department has warned of possible violence in Kenya ahead of the fresh presidential election scheduled for October 17.

    In a notice, the State Department noted that rallies and demonstrations might occur with little notice, adding that events, intended to be peaceful, could turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

    The State Department also regarded Eastleigh area in Nairobi as a no-go area.

    It urged US citizens to exercise caution and avoid visiting six counties which include Mandera, WajirGarissaTana River, Lamu and parts of Kilifi on the Coast.

    Last month, there were protests in parts of Nairobi, Kisumu and Migori counties immediately after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the August elections.

    The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) claimed that 24 people were killed after police moved in to quell protests.

    KNCHR reported 17 deaths in Nairobi, two in Siaya and Migori counties, one each in Homa Bay, and another in Kisumu.

    Among those killed included a 10-year-old girl who was shot dead in Mathare North Area 2 in Nairobi and a six-month-old baby who died after being hit by police officers in Kisumu.