The United Kingdom (UK) has issued travel counsel to its citizens who are planning to visit Kenya next week.
The new travel advice centers on the timeline of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s inaugural ceremony set to take place on Tuesday at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) urged UK citizens to be careful and cited “potential spars throughout the nation” in the November 28 inauguration.
Western Kenya was flagged as one of the areas to steer clear of if possible.
“Political tensions are elevated and protests and conflicts are likely throughout the nation, predominantly in the western province; you should exercise care and, where feasible, avoid travelling around regions where protests may take place,” the FCO said in a statement.
The violence hotspots, according to FCO, consist of huge crowds, universities, political party head offices, and offices of the electoral commission.
These are the regions where FCO warns against but essential travel does not include Kenya’s safari destinations such as national parks, reserves and wildlife conservancies, beach resorts in Mombasa and neighboring Islands were also marked as safe as well as airports in the respective regions.
UK had also issued a travel advice back in April when political parties were planned to hold their nominations ahead of the time limit by the electoral commission
UK advised its nationals against all but necessary travel to north eastern counties of Garissa, Wajir and Mandera including Eastleigh in Nairobi.
UK citizens in the nation have been urged to observe the security situation around them frequently by following updates through the local and international media and shun any demos.
According to FCO, 100,000 British localss who visited Kenya in 2015 did not experience any trouble.