The Embassy of Spain in Kenya has cautioned its citizens over a potential outbreak of violence in six areas in the country after the Kenyans cast their ballot.
In an advisory released on Friday, August 5, the Embassy pinpointed Kibera and Mathare estates in Nairobi as some of the areas likely to experience demonstrations after the August 9 polls.
Other areas identified include parts of Rift Valley, Laikipia, Coast region and Western Kenya.
File image of Kibera slums in Nairobi
File Further, Spanish citizens were advised against participating in political activities in the country.
“Caution should be exercised in the period around the date of the vote especially in the days following the elections and the announcement of the results.
“During this period, there could be difficulties moving around certain areas of the country, as well as occasional and localized outbreaks of violence or disturbances,” read the advisory in part.
Additionally, Spain advised its citizens to reserve food and water to cushion them in case of any eventualities.
“It is strongly advised to inform yourself of the situation and to follow the local media such as Kenyans.co.ke as well as the Embassy’s Facebook page and Twitter account,” read the advisory in part.
The advisory by Spain comes barely days after the United States issued a similar advisory to its citizens with a focus on Kisumu. It, however, received criticism from the County Government of Kisumu and residents of the lakeside city.
“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 US Embassy security alert read in part.
Other countries that have issued advisories include Canada and Finland.
Kenyans are expected to take part in the democratic exercise on Tuesday next week, with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stating that it will announce the presidential election results within seven days after the polls.
An undated image of the entrance to the US Embassy in Gigiri, Nairobi.
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