The US Embassy in Nairobi has issued travel advisory to American citizens in Kenya ahead of the Supreme Court ruling on the election petition.
The US Embassy in Nairobi has issued travel advisory to its citizens in Kenya on the impending presidential petition verdict.
The advisory urges US citizens to avoid gatherings, demonstrations, downtown business areas, slums and large crowds of any kind.
In a statement, the Embassy says the Kenyan Supreme Court is expected to rule on the petition challenging the presidential election results on March 30. Kenya’s highest court is expected to rule on the petition filed by outgoing Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who challenges the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as the next President of Kenya.
The statement further suggests that there could be a strong public reaction to the announcement while calling its citizens to be cautious.The Embassy calls US citizens to monitor local media for the latest information on demonstrations and traffic disruptions, particularly those who plan to spend the holiday away from home. It also encourages them to register online at the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
(STEP). Registration would allow them easy access to security and travel alerts within Kenya.
The Supreme Court is currently at the pre-trial stage of the petition filed after the March 4 general elections. The trial is expected to begin on Wednesday and a verdict delivered by Saturday.
The Court has three petitions challenging the presidential elections which saw Kenyatta elected with 6.1 million or 50.08% votes against Odinga who polled 5.3 million votes, or 43%. The other six candidates in the race shared just over six percent of the vote. Odinga called the exercise a sham saying democracy in Kenya had been put on trial.
The presidential swearing in ceremony earlier planned for March 26, had to be postponed to April 7 as Kenyans wait for the verdict from the Supreme Court.
The December 2007 election ended in chaos after Odinga accused President Kibaki of manipulating the exercise to win a second term of office. At least 1,300 people were killed in the tribal clashes that followed the disputed election. More than 600,000 others were displaced.