Security Message for U.S. Citizens November 24, 2017

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

November 24, 2017

Precautions for swearing-in ceremony

President Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in as President of Kenya for a second term on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.  The ceremony will be held at Kansarani Stadium in Nairobi.  Many thousands are expected to attend, including heads of state.  Restrictions on traffic circulation can be expected.

Ongoing political tensions regarding the election and the swearing-in may result in rallies, demonstrations, and protests, which may occur with little notice.  As with all large events, there is the opportunity for criminal elements or terrorists to target participants and visitors.  Even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Unless you are attending the swearing-in ceremony, you should avoid the area around Kansarani Stadium.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
  • Although there is no indication that U.S. citizens may be targets of violence, you are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation.
  • Monitor media and local information sources. Remain alert when using public transportation.

Report specific safety concerns to local law enforcement authorities. For further information: