Rioting in Kenya prompts FCO travel warning

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising against all but essential travel to parts of Kenya following unrest and violence in the wake of the country’s elections.

The urban centres of Kisumu, Kakamega, Kericho, Eldoret the Kisauni, Likoni and Tiwi areas around Mombasa and the rural areas between Nakuru and Eldoret and around Kericho in the Rift Valley have all been marked as trouble hot spots by the FCO.

Nairobi’s city centre, Uhuru Park and the Kibera, Mathare, and Eastleigh areas of Nairobi are also to be avoided.

The rioting, which has left 300 people dead, arose following last week’s election which was won by President Kibaki of the Party of National Unity which is mostly backed by the Kikuyu tribe.

His rival Raila Odinga, who is mostly backed by the ethnic Luo, was beaten by just 230,000 votes prompting concerns that the election was rigged. A recount has been ruled out after pressure was placed on Kenya’s Electoral Commission by ruling Party of National Unity.

Concerns are now being raised that the current rioting could result in a full-blown tribal war.


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