Kisumu county governor Anyang’ Nyong’o has urged Americans and other potential tourists or investors to visit the third largest city in Kenya before, during and after the August 9, General Elections.
Responding to the travel advisory issued by the United States Embassy of Kenya encouraging American Citizens not to travel to Kisumu, the governor stated the county was peaceful and the residents of Kisumu were eager to welcome any visitor to their marvelous city, regardless of the general elections expected to take place in the country.
“On the travel advisory issued by the US Embassy of Kenya urging American Citizens to avoid traveling to Kisumu, I want to assure those traveling to Kisumu that our people are very peaceful and looking forward to welcoming you. Enjoy our beautiful sunset City,” the governor stated.
The statement issued by the American Embassy implores its citizens not to travel to the lake region county, especially during the coming election period.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy has imposed movement restrictions on personnel in Kisumu. The State Department reminds US citizens of the continued need for sustained vigilance,” the security alert read in part.
To ensure US citizens are protected ahead of the August 9 General Election, the Embassy advised them to monitor local media for updates, avoid crowds, avoid demonstrations and be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
The Embassy also cautioned American citizens against displaying signs of wealth such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
To remain safe while moving around the country, the Embassy encouraged them to carry proper identification, including a copy of the bio-page of a US passport with a copy of a current Kenyan visa.
“Election-related demonstrations and rallies regularly take place in the run-up to the election and are likely to continue, at times blocking key intersections and causing traffic jams.
“Demonstrations may occasionally be violent, requiring police intervention. Strikes and other protest activities related to economic conditions occur regularly,” the security alert noted.