Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o has clarified that Kisumu County at large and the city of Kisumu, in particular, is safe and ‘very peaceful’.
“On the travel advisory issued by [email protected] urging American Citizens to avoid traveling to Kisumu, I want to assure those travelling to Kisumu that our people are very peaceful and looking forward to welcome you. Enjoy our beautiful sunset City!”, Governor Nyong’o wrote on his Twitter page.
The US Embassy Wednesday morning, posted a the security alert on its website .
“Kenya is scheduled to hold elections on August 9, 2022. Campaigning for local and national offices is fully underway. Kenya has periodically experienced some pre-electoral violence during election cycles. Election-related demonstrations and rallies regularly take place in the runup to the election and are likely to continue, at times blocking key intersections and causing traffic jams. Demonstrations may occasionally be violent, requiring police intervention. Strikes and other protest activities related to economic conditions occur regularly. Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy has imposed movement restrictions on personnel in Kisumu. The State Department reminds U.S. citizens of the continued need for sustained vigilance”, the security alert stated.
The alert which also gave US citizens the ‘actions to take’ in case they have to travel was shared widely on social media.
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