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KENYA TRAVEL UPDATE - ARCHIVE -29 Jan 08 - 4 Feb 08

SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA: Monday 4th February 2008 4 p.m.


 
The security situation in the country has not changed in the last two days with the areas of civil unrest still confined to the western corner of Kenya including districts surrounding Kisumu, Kericho and Eldoret. There have been reports of inter-ethnic clashes over the last two days in the area between Bomet and Kisii, south of Kericho, with a number of fatalities reported.
 
In the tourist areas all continues calm and unchanged with no problems reported affecting any tourist visitors to the international hotels in Nairobi, the beach resorts at the coast and the wildlife parks and reserves.
 
The route to the Mara past Narok town continues to be used by tourist vehicles without any problems. The Senior Warden for Masai Mara National Reserve has also confirmed that security patrols have been put in place both on the approach to and exit from Narok town as an additional measure to ensure the safety of tourists.
 
Naivasha and Nakuru: Tourist vehicles are travelling once again to Lake Naivasha, through Naivasha town and onwards to Lake Nakuru National Park. Throughout the past four weeks Lake Nakuru National Park has remained secure and safe for visitors with KWS rangers on duty to patrol the park.
 
Mombasa: The security situation in Mombasa town has been calm and peaceful for a continuous period over the past two weeks.
 
Areas to avoid
The Kenya Tourism Federation continues to monitor the security situation to ensure that any areas considered unsafe for tourists are avoided. While the beach resorts, the safari circuit, the airports in Nairobi and the highways between them to the Nairobi international hotels are considered safe for visitors at the present time, the following areas are absolutely off-limits for tourists until further notice:

Western Kenya: The Kenya Tourism Federation continues to recommend that for the time being visitors should avoid the following areas where there have been sporadic incidents of civil unrest in recent weeks: Nyanza Province, Western Province, and the western area of Rift Valley Province including roads to the north of Narok to Bomet, Sotik and Njoro, the areas surrounding Kericho, Molo, Londiani, Nandi Hills and Eldoret.

These places are not normally visited by tourists and members of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators have avoided the whole area since the onset of the post-election problems. Currently the situation in most of these places is reported to be calm but there have been frequent disturbances and civil unrest in Kisumu and in the areas around Kericho and Eldoret.

For visitors to Nairobi it is recommended that the high density housing estates and slums should be avoided, including Eastleigh, Mathare, Huruma, and Kibera but tourists have always been advised to keep away from these areas.

Talks continue between the political leadership on both sides: The six-member team made up of three senior politicians from each side, the Government and Opposition, have been meeting again today, with Kofi Annan mediating, and a statement is expected later today to report on their progress in working together to restore peace in the troubled western areas of Kenya. Yesterday churches across the whole country were crowded as Kenyans prayed for a peaceful resolution to the crisis, reflecting the wish of the overwhelming majority of people that violence and ethnic conflict should be ended quickly.

Kenya Tourist Board, Kenya Tourism Federation


Security Update: Friday 1st February 2008 4 p.m.


 
POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS: Murder of MP yesterday in Eldoret:
As reported yesterday, an ODM opposition MP, Mr David Kimutai Too, was shot dead in Eldoret town together with a female companion. Eyewitness accounts by members of the public and a statement by the Kenya Police indicate that Mr Too was in the company of a woman police constable and that they were followed and shot dead by a policeman colleague of the dead woman.

The assailant was arrested and is expected to appear in court today charged with murder. Initially there was some speculation reported in the media that this could have been a political assassination and subsequently there were street protests and demonstrations in Eldoret, Kisumu and Kericho. However the Police have indicated that their initial investigation suggests that this was a crime of passion unconnected with the post-election crisis.
 
Talks continue between the political leadership on both sides:
A six-member team has been appointed by the Government and ODM Opposition with three senior politicians from both sides and yesterday they held their inaugural meeting chaired by Mr Kofi Annan. After a full morning meeting they issued a joint statement which expressed optimism that a peaceful solution to the political crisis would be arrived at sooner rather than later.

The government statement said: “The country would be amazed by the speed with which this committee has deliberated on the issues today. The committee was discussing the agenda and most of the things discussed have been agreeable.”

The ODM Pentagon statement said the committee was determined to go through the issues placed before them by Mr Annan with a view to striking a peace deal.
“We are determined to get a solution to the problems facing this country.We have covered a lot of ground, which is a positive development. A peaceful solution is likely to emerge and you can be sure that nothing will derail us,” said the ODM spokesman.

The team was expected to continue meeting today and stated their intention of arriving at a solution to end the violence within seven days.

There is an increasing desire, being expressed by all sections of society in Kenya, to seek peace and reconciliation between the opposing sides which is reflected in the statements made by the political leadership. The ODM opposition party called off street protests last week and this has helped to reduce tensions.
 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has arrived in Nairobi, to boost efforts to end post-election violence. Mr Ban is expected to meet opposition leader Raila Odinga today, having seen President Kibaki at a summit yesterday.
 
SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA
 
The security situation continues much as before with the areas of civil unrest confined to the western corner of Kenya including areas surrounding Kisumu, Kericho and Eldoret as well as the high density housing estates and slums of Nairobi. In the tourist areas all continues calm and unchanged with no problems reported affecting tourist visitors to the international hotels in Nairobi, the beach resorts at the coast and the wildlife parks and reserves.
 
The route to the Mara past Narok town is now considered by the Kenya Tourism Federation to be secure once again for tourist visitors. Tourist vehicles have been driving along this route from Nairobi to the Mara daily without any problem and all the latest reports confirm that the road is open and that traffic is moving freely.

The route to the Mara is south from Narok and drivers do not need to drive north to Bomet which is within the area recommended as off-limits to tourists (see below). The Senior Warden for Masai Mara National Reserve has also confirmed that a permanent security patrol has been established both on the approach to and exit from Narok town as an additional measure to ensure the safety of tourists.
 
Naivasha and Nakuru: Following clashes between rival groups recently in and around Naivasha and Nakuru, the Kenya Tourism Federation had recommended that road safaris through Naivasha town and on by road to Lake Nakuru should be suspended while the situation was monitored and until it was confirmed that the police and army had fully restored order and calm.

It is now considered that the road through Naivasha and on to Nakuru is secure after confirmation that traffic has been moving without a problem in recent days. We recommend that tourist vehicles may once again resume travel to Lake Naivasha, through Naivasha town and onwards to Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru National Park has remained secure and safe for visitors with KWS rangers on duty
 
Mombasa: The security situation in Mombasa town has been calm and peaceful for a continuous period over the past two weeks. The Kenya Tourism Federation therefore considers the area to be safe and tourist vehicles can now pass through Mombasa town without a problem while day excursions to Mombasa for tourists from the coastal beach resorts can be operated again.
 
Areas to avoid
The Kenya Tourism Federation continues to monitor the security situation to ensure that any areas considered unsafe for tourists are avoided.

While the beach resorts, the safari circuit, the airports in Nairobi and the highways between them to the Nairobi international hotels are considered safe for visitors at the present time, the following areas are absolutely off-limits for tourists until further notice;

Western Kenya - The Kenya Tourism Federation continues to recommend that for the time being visitors should avoid the following areas where there have been sporadic incidents of civil unrest in recent weeks.

Nyanza Province, Western Province, and the western area of Rift Valley Province including roads to the north of Narok to Bomet, Sotik and Njoro, the areas surrounding Kericho, Molo, Londiani, Nandi Hills and Eldoret. These places are not normally visited by tourists and members of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators have avoided these areas since the onset of the post-election problems.

Currently the situation in most of these areas is reported to be calm but there have been frequent disturbances and civil unrest in Kisumu, Kericho and Eldoret.
For visitors to Nairobi it is recommended that the high density housing estates and slums should be avoided, including Eastleigh, Mathare, Huruma, and Kibera but tourists have always been advised to keep away from these areas.

Kenya Tourist Board, Kenya Tourism Federation


Thursday 31st January 2008 3.30 p.m.


 
Murder of MP today in Eldoret
It was reported that an ODM opposition MP, Mr David Kimutai Too, was shot dead in Eldoret this morning. Some international media reports have appeared claiming that Mr Too was shot by police at a road-block.

However the Kenya Police have now issued a statement indicating that the shooting of the ODM opposition MP today appears to be a “crime of passion” and that the correct details are as follows:

- At 10:00 am Eldoret Police Station received a report that a policewoman who was in the company of a man had been shot by a colleague in the town of Eldoret.

- Police moved to the scene and commenced investigations where they established that at about 09:30 am PC Eunice Chepkwony was picked up by a man outside the police station in a vehicle and that they drove off towards a hotel. The policewoman’s boyfriend, another Police constable, PC Andrew Maoche, then trailed them on a motorcycle.

- PC Eunice Chepkwony and her companion stopped outside the hotel and as they were about to enter PC Maoche approached the couple and fired several shots at them. The man died on the way to Hospital while PC Eunice Chepkwony was admitted in serious condition.

- Later it was established that the deceased is Hon. David Kimutai Too, the MP for Ainamoi Constituency.

- PC Andrew Maoche has been arrested and will appear in court tomorrow charged with murder.

We hope that the international media will correct their reports to avoid creating the impression that this incident was linked to post-election unrest.
 
Other than some initial anxiety over speculation about the motives for the killing of the MP Hon Kimutai Too, which has now been allayed by the statement issued quickly by the Kenya Police, the situation throughout the country has been calm today with no reports of any disturbances or violence linked to the post-election crisis as at 3.30 p.m. today.
 
Nairobi:  The situation within the city of Nairobi was all calm and normal today.
 
Tourist areas:
The main tourist areas at the beach resorts and the safari circuit continue to receive international tourist visitors as usual and the current situation is as follows:
 
Mombasa and coast: There are no problems at any of the beach resorts and the roads between Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi, Nyali, Bamburi, Mombasa, Diani, Galu, Msambweni are all open and reported to have no problems.

The international airport at Mombasa is operating as normal with both charter flights and daily scheduled services flying in and there is no problem with access to the airport on the roads from the north and south of Mombasa. The ferry at Likoni is operating as normal for tourists travelling to the south coast.
 
Safaris: All the national parks and wildlife reserves are operating as normal with most camps and lodges open for business. The roads linking the parks and reserves are all open and conditions are normal with the exception of roads through Naivasha town.

For tourist vehicles travelling by road to the Mara, the road passing Narok town is a stretch of approximately 4 kms and is now being monitored by a permanent security patrol to ensure that there are no problems for tourist vehicles. For the past week tourist vehicles have been driving along this route from Nairobi to the Mara daily without any problem and latest reports indicate that the road is open and that traffic is moving freely.

The route to the Mara is south from Narok and drivers do not need to drive north to Bomet which is within the area recommended as off-limits to tourists.
 
Areas to avoid
The Kenya Tourism Federation continues to monitor the security situation to ensure that any areas considered unsafe for tourists are avoided. While the beach resorts, the safari circuit, the airports in Nairobi and the highways between them to the Nairobi international hotels are considered safe for visitors at the present time, the following areas are off-limits for tourists until further notice.
 
Naivasha and Nakuru
Following the recent clashes between rival groups in and around Naivasha and Nakuru, the roads have been open to traffic for the past three days and the police have restored order. However the Kenya Tourism Federation recommends that road safaris through Naivasha town and on by road to Lake Nakuru should be suspended for the present time while we monitor the situation and until we can confirm that peace and calm have been fully restored once again in the area.

Air safaris may continue to Lake Nakuru National Park using the airstrips next to the park in the Congreve Conservancy or at Lanet. The Warden of Lake Nakuru National Park has confirmed that all is calm within the park and that tourist visitors have not been affected by the clashes beyond Nakuru. Lake Nakuru Park remains secure and safe for visitors with KWS rangers on duty.
 
Western Kenya, areas off-limits for tourists: In addition to Naivasha and Nakuru, the Kenya Tourism Federation continues to recommend that for the time being visitors should avoid the following areas where there have been sporadic incidents of civil unrest in recent weeks; Nyanza Province, Western Province, and the western area of Rift Valley Province including roads to the north of Narok to Bomet, Sotik and Njoro, the areas surrounding Kericho, Molo, Londiani, Nandi Hills and Eldoret.

These places are not normally visited by tourists and members of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators have avoided these areas since the onset of the post-election problems

Kenya Tourist Board, Kenya Tourism Federation


Wednesday 30th January 2008 5 p.m.


 
Nairobi:  The situation within the city of Nairobi was all calm and normal today. The highways between the airports and to all the international Nairobi hotels remained open as usual. However on one of the outer exit roads beyond Nairobi at Kikuyu town and adjacent villages there were some disturbances and inter-ethnic clashes. The police moved in quickly to quell these disturbances and to restore order. There were no reports of any tourist vehicles being affected and tour operators have been avoiding this stretch of road today.
 
Tourist areas: The main tourist areas at the beach resorts and the safari circuit continue to receive international tourist visitors as usual and the current situation is as follows:
 
Mombasa and coast: There are no problems at any of the beach resorts and the roads between Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi, Nyali, Bamburi, Mombasa, Diani, Galu, Msambweni are all open and reported to have no problems.

The international airport at Mombasa is operating as normal with both charter flights and daily scheduled services flying in and there is no problem with access to the airport on the roads from the north and south of Mombasa. The ferry at Likoni is operating as normal for tourists travelling to the south coast.
 
Safaris: All the national parks and wildlife reserves are operating as normal with most camps and lodges open for business. The roads linking the parks and reserves are all open and conditions are normal with the exception of roads through Naivasha town.

For tourist vehicles travelling by road to the Mara, the road passing Narok town is a stretch of approximately 4 kms and is now being monitored by a permanent security patrol to ensure that there are no problems for tourist vehicles. For the past week tourist vehicles have been driving along this route from Nairobi to the Mara daily without any problem and latest reports indicate that the road is open and that traffic is moving freely.

The route to the Mara is south from Narok and drivers do not need to drive north to Bomet which is within the area recommended as off-limits to tourists.
 
Areas to avoid: The Kenya Tourism Federation continues to monitor the security situation to ensure that any areas considered unsafe for tourists are avoided. While the beach resorts, the safari circuit, the airports in Nairobi and the highways between them to the Nairobi international hotels are considered safe for visitors at the present time, the following areas are off-limits for tourists until further notice:
 
Naivasha and Nakuru: Following the recent clashes between rival groups in and around Naivasha and Nakuru, the roads have been open to traffic for the past two days and the police have restored order. However the Kenya Tourism Federation recommends that road safaris through Naivasha town and on by road to Lake Nakuru should be suspended for the present time while we monitor the situation and until we can confirm that peace and calm have been fully restored once again in the area.

Air safaris may continue to Lake Nakuru National Park using the airstrip in the park. The Warden of Lake Nakuru National Park has confirmed that all is calm within the park and that tourist visitors have not been affected by the clashes beyond Nakuru. Lake Nakuru Park remains secure and safe for visitors with KWS rangers on duty.
 
Western Kenya, areas off-limits for tourists: In addition to Naivasha and Nakuru, the Kenya Tourism Federation continues to recommend that for the time being visitors should avoid the following areas where there have been sporadic incidents of civil unrest in recent weeks: Nyanza Province, Western Province, and the western area of Rift Valley Province including roads to the north of Narok to Bomet, Sotik and Njoro, the areas surrounding Kericho, Molo, Londiani, Nandi Hills and Eldoret.

These places are not normally visited by tourists and members of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators have avoided these areas since the onset of the post-election problems. Currently the situation in these areas is reported to be calm.
 
For visitors to Nairobi it is recommended that the high density housing estates and slums should be avoided, including Eastleigh, Mathare, Huruma, and Kibera but tourists have always been advised to keep away from these areas.
 
For visitors to the Coast it is recommended to avoid going into Mombasa “town” at the present time including the areas of Majengo, Tonononka, and Bondeni as some sporadic demonstrations had occurred previously in this area although all has been calm and normal for over a week now. Mombasa is an island and not a beach resort and the areas mentioned can be avoided by tourist vehicles transferring from the airport to the beach resorts on the north and south mainland.
 
Political developments: Talks continued today in Nairobi between the political leadership of both sides with Kofi Annan mediating. Members of Parliament are heading back to their constituencies to urge their supporters to shun violence and to support the restoration of peace and calm in any areas where there have been disturbances in the past few weeks.
 
Other news: Nairobi National Park is very green at the moment and has good grazing for herbivores following some recent rainfall in an area of the park where there had been grass fires a few weeks ago. A pride of 16 lions is being seen regularly by visitors including a lioness with young cubs. Cheetah and black rhino are also being seen frequently. A visit to the park is recommended for visitors staying in Nairobi’s hotels.

Kenya Tourist Board, Kenya Tourism Federation


Security Update: Tuesday 29th January 2008 11 p.m.

 
 
Nairobi: In the early hours of this morning an ODM opposition party Member of Parliament, Mr Mugabe Were was shot dead outside his house in Nairobi by unknown assailants. Crowds of supporters gathered outside his home during the morning to express their grief and were dispersed by police using teargas. This developed into more violent protests along Ngong Road away from the centre of Nairobi and at the housing estate of Kawangware as well as disturbances in the Kibera slums and in Mr Were’s Embakasi constituency.

The situation had returned to normal by late afternoon and the centre of Nairobi was not affected while the highways between the airports and Nairobi hotels remained open as usual. President Kibaki has sent his condolences to Mr Were’s family and appealed for the public not to rush to any conclusions on the MP’s killing until police investigations are completed.
 
Tourist areas: The main tourist areas at the beach resorts and the safari circuit continue to receive international tourist visitors as usual and the current situation is as follows:
 
Mombasa and coast: There are no problems at any of the beach resorts and the roads between Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi, Nyali, Bamburi, Mombasa, Diani, Galu, Msambweni are all open and reported to have no problems. The international airport at Mombasa is operating as normal with both charter flights and daily scheduled services flying in and there is no problem with access to the airport on the roads from the north and south of Mombasa.

The ferry at Likoni is operating as normal for tourists travelling to the south coast.
 
Safaris: All the national parks and wildlife reserves are operating as normal with most camps and lodges open for business. The roads linking the parks and reserves are all open and conditions are normal with the exception of roads through Naivasha town. For tourist vehicles travelling by road to the Mara, the road passing Narok town is a stretch of approximately 4 kms and is now being monitored by a permanent security patrol to ensure that there are no problems for tourist vehicles.

For the past week tourist vehicles have been driving along this route from Nairobi to the Mara daily without any problem and latest reports indicate that the road is open and that traffic is moving freely. The route to the Mara is south from Narok and drivers do not need to drive north to Bomet which is within the area recommended as off-limits to tourists.
 
Areas to avoid: The Kenya Tourism Federation continues to monitor the security situation to ensure that any areas considered unsafe for tourists are avoided. While the beach resorts, the safari circuit, the airports in Nairobi and the highways between them to the Nairobi international hotels are considered safe for visitors at the present time, the following areas are off-limits for tourists until further notice:
 
Naivasha and Nakuru: As reported yesterday, the violent disturbances and clashes between rival groups in and around Naivasha were eventually brought under control by the police and security forces by yesterday afternoon. The roads were opened by police and army so that traffic was able to move in and out of Naivasha today.

However tensions in Naivasha and Nakuru remain and the Kenya Tourism Federation recommends that road safaris through Naivasha town and on by road to Lake Nakuru should be suspended for the next few days while we monitor the situation and until we can confirm that peace and calm have been restored once again in the area. However air safaris may continue to Lake Nakuru National Park using the airstrips in the park.

The Warden of Lake Nakuru National Park has confirmed that all is calm within the park and that tourist visitors have not been affected by the clashes beyond Nakuru. Lake Nakuru Park remains secure and safe for visitors with KWS rangers on duty.
 
Western Kenya, areas off-limits for tourists: In addition to Naivasha and Nakuru, the Kenya Tourism Federation continues to recommend that for the time being visitors should avoid the following areas where there have been continuing sporadic incidents of civil unrest: Nyanza Province, Western Province, and the western area of Rift Valley Province including roads to the north of Narok to Bomet, Sotik and Njoro, the areas surrounding Kericho, Molo, Londiani, Nandi Hills and Eldoret.

These places are not normally visited by tourists and members of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators have avoided these areas since the onset of the post-election problems.
 
For visitors to Nairobi it is recommended that the high density housing estates and slums should be avoided, including Eastleigh, Mathare, Huruma, and Kibera but tourists have always been advised to keep away from these areas.
 
For visitors to the Coast it is recommended to avoid going into Mombasa “town” at the present time including the areas of Majengo, Tonononka, and Bondeni as some sporadic demonstrations had occurred previously in this area although all has been calm and normal for over a week now. Mombasa is an island and not a beach resort and the areas mentioned can be avoided by tourist vehicles transferring from the airport to the beach resorts on the north and south mainland.
 
Talks between political leadership
Today the talks started in Nairobi between the political leadership of both sides with Kofi Annan mediating. Hopes are high that the talks will lead to a resolution of the political crisis and Mr Annan expressed optimism that this could be achieved within four weeks.

Kenya Tourist Board, Kenya Tourism Federation

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