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UK issues travel advisory against Kenya

UK in its latest travel advisory cautions its citizens against visiting six areas in Kenya over recent terror attacks.

The United Kingdom Government updated its travel advisory for its citizens on Thursday, June 22, with a particular focus on terror concerns in 6 areas.

UK nationals were warned in a statement not to make unplanned trips to Lamu County (with the exception of Lamu Island and Manda Island) and Mandera County (with the exception of Mandera West sub-county).

The eastern portion of Garissa County, a portion of Tana River County, 60 kilometers of the Kenya-Somalia border, and regions close to Tana River were also listed.

“The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to within 15km of the coast from the Tana River down to the Galana (Athi-Galana-Sabaki) River,” read the statement in part.

Some potential incidents the foreigners were warned of were terror attacks and kidnappings by terrorists.

Additionally, the UK also cautioned its citizens over the re-emergence of protests by the opposition.

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“In the past, demonstrations in Kenya have resulted in clashes between the police and demonstrators. Avoid protests and political gatherings.

“Protests can occur in different places. Be alert to media coverage and if you see a large crowd, move away from the area. Some workplaces and schools may be closed on these days,” read the statement in part.

The travel advisory was updated hours after Azimio la Umoja announced a rally to be held in Kamkunji Grounds on Tuesday, June 27.

The opposition indicated that they would engage with their supporters on the way forward following the passing of the Finance Bill 2023 and reading of the 2023/24 Budget Estimates.

“We also learnt the hard way that this illegitimate regime can ignore the people, their feelings, fears, circumstances, hopes and aspirations and force its agenda on them.

“That is what Ruto and his Kenya Kwanza followers did with the passage of the Finance Bill, 2023. Ignoring the wishes of a majority of Kenyans signals the era of dictatorship,” read the statement in part.

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