Planned Protest in Kisumu

The U.S. Embassy understands that Kemri staff located at their Kisian facilities in Kisumu plan to stage a sit-in protest tomorrow, Monday September 21, due to a labor dispute. The protest may start as early as 0800 and may last most of the day. As a result, U.S. government employees who work at that facility will not report to work until the sit-in is completed.  U.S. citizens traveling in the vicinity of those facilities in Kisumu tomorrow should use caution.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Kenya Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Kenya located on United Nations Avenue, Nairobi, at +254 (0) 20 363 6451 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Monday through Thursday and 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +254 (0) 20 363 6170.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Providing Assistance to U.S. Citizens is our Top Priority!