Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kenyan Presidential Election on October 26

The Kenyan presidential election is scheduled to be held on Thursday, October 26.  Nationwide protests and demonstrations are planned for that day.  As a precaution, the U.S. Embassy has directed all U.S. citizen employees affiliated with Embassy operations in Kisumu to defer non-essential travel in the Kisumu area from Wednesday, October 25 until further notice.

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.

U.S. citizens are advised that disruptions in transportation services and delivery of food and other items are possible.  You should maintain a two-week supply of non-perishable food, water, and essential medication in your home.  Be prepared to remain in your home for extended periods during civil disturbances that may block roads and stop basic services like electricity and water. Keep a basic medical kit inside your safe area.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

The following website identifies key preparations and actions that should be taken by U.S. citizens and their family members:  https://ke.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/personal-safety-security-responsibilities/.

Read the Travel Alert for Kenya.

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