US Embassy in Nairobi urges citizens to be vigilant amid Azimio weekly protests
In an alert dated March 24, the US Embassy in Nairobi issued a demonstration alert to Americans in Kenya, urging them to be vigilant.
The Embassy urged US citizens to avoid protest areas, on Mondays and Thursdays for an indefinite period.
Americans were also urged to monitor local media for updates and review their personal security plans.
The warning comes amid rising tensions in Kenya, with Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition not backing down on its weekly anti-government protests.
Raila and his allies are demanding the government to address the high cost of living, stop the reconstitution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), and open IEBC servers for verification of who won the August 2022 polls.
US citizens in Kenya were advised to exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings, particularly in locations frequented by tourists and foreigners.
They were also urged to have their travel documents up to date and easily accessible and to have evacuation plans that do not rely on US government assistance.
The protests have so far largely affected Nairobi, Kisumu, and Migori. According to the National Police Service, 23 police officers were injured on Monday, March 27, and two police cars were torched.
Property of unknown value was also destroyed.