US warns of po­ten­tial vi­o­lence in Oct 17 polls

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - Kevin Kel­ley New York

The US State De­part­ment is­sued a travel alert on Wed­nes­day, warn­ing of pos­si­ble vi­o­lence re­lated to the Oc­to­ber 17 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

The new no­tice comes less than a week af­ter the US had urged trav­ellers to Kenya to take pre­cau­tions against the threat of al-shabaab ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

Wed­nes­day’s alert notes that ral­lies and demon­stra­tions “may oc­cur with lit­tle no­tice.” It adds, “Even events in­tended to be peace­ful can turn con­fronta­tional and es­ca­late into vi­o­lence.”

The State De­part­ment says there is no in­di­ca­tion that US cit­i­zens may be tar­geted, but it urges them to “ex­er­cise cau­tion and re­main abreast of the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion through­out the elec­toral pe­riod.”

The travel warn­ing is­sued on Septem­ber 8 warned US cit­i­zens to avoid vis­its to six coun­ties: Man­dera, Wa­jir and Garissa in the north­east, along with Tana River, Lamu and parts of Kil­ifi on the Coast. Nairobi’s Eastleigh neigh­bour­hood should also be re­garded as a no-go area.

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