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KENYA TRAVEL UPDATE - ARCHIVE

KENYA SECURITY UPDATE - Wednesday 27th February 2008



POLITICAL UPDATE

Today Kofi Annan held meetings with the President and with the leader of the ODM opposition to discuss the contentious issues that are still pending following several weeks of discussions between the negotiating teams from the two sides of the political divide.

After consultations with Kofi Annan, the ODM leader Mr Raila Odinga announced today that he was calling off all public demonstrations and rallies until further notice to allow for continued discussions between the mediators and the principals.

President Kibaki was reported to have confirmed his willingness to accept a power-sharing arrangement and a coalition government but required this to be within the provisions of the current constitution.

The Chairman of the African Union, President Kikwete of Tanzania, arrived in Nairobi yesterday to lend his support to the mediation process. Today he met both President Kibaki and Hon Odinga as well as holding a briefing meeting with Kofi Annan.

President Kikwete has indicated that he will stay on in Kenya until tomorrow and stated that he was hopeful that it was possible to bridge the gap between the two sides, appealing to the politicians to come to an agreement as soon as possible.

The Mayor of Nairobi was sworn in today, in spite of a tie in the mayoral election, as both sides agreed to his appointment under a power-sharing arrangement which caused observers to suggest that this could set a good example to the political leadership.

SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA

The security situation throughout Kenya is calm and there were no reports received today of post-election violence anywhere in the country.

The Kenya Tourism Federation has lifted its previous recommendation that tourist visitors should avoid travel to the western region of Kenya including Nyanza Province, Western Province, and the western area of Rift Valley Province.

Tourist vehicles continue travelling to Lake Naivasha, through Naivasha town and onwards to Lake Nakuru National Park without experiencing any problems as the security situation on the main highways through these towns is now back to normal. However we continue to monitor the situation and in the event of any security concerns we will immediately notify tour operators so that itineraries can be altered if required.

In 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.

As the situation returns to normal, police are now taking action, in those areas where there were previous incidents of civil unrest and ethnic clashes, to disband armed groups and to arrest persons suspected of having been involved in inciting violence.

Kenya Tourist Board, Kenya Tourism Federation


KENYA SECURITY UPDATE - Tuesday 26th February 2008



POLITICAL UPDATE
Today Kofi Annan suspended the negotiation talks in order to take up the issues under consideration directly with President Kibaki and with Hon Raila Odinga. It is hoped that this will result in the two political leaders helping to accelerate the negotiation process.

Mr Annan again confirmed the commitment of his mediation team to assist in finding a lasting solution to the political crisis. The ODM opposition leaders expressed their support for the decision by Kofi Annan to meet Mr Kibaki and Mr Odinga to attempt to move the process forward, asserting that ODM was not responsible for the current political stalemate and that they felt a sense of frustration at the lack of progress.

However the government side stated that they had already made concessions to keep the negotiation process moving forward and were ready to continue participating in the negotiations as soon as the talks resumed under the mediation of Kofi Annan.

President Kikwete of Tanzania, who is the new Chairman of the African Union, arrived in Nairobi today to lend his support to the mediation progress.

SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA

The security situation throughout Kenya is calm and there were no reports received today of post-election violence anywhere in the country.

The Kenya Tourism Federation is now lifting its previous recommendation that tourist visitors should avoid travel to the western region of Kenya including Nyanza Province, Western Province, and the western area of Rift Valley Province.

Tourist vehicles continue travelling to Lake Naivasha, through Naivasha town and onwards to Lake Nakuru National Park without experiencing any problems as the security situation on the main highways through these towns is now back to normal.

In 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


KENYA SECURITY UPDATE - Monday 25th February 2008



POLITICAL UPDATE
The talks between the negotiation teams representing the government and opposition, chaired by Kofi Annan, continued again today. Both parties had agreed in principle previously to the creation of a Prime Minister's position, which would be taken by ODM Opposition leader Mr Odinga.

It was expected that today the negotiations would consider the question of the powers and responsibilities to be assigned to the Prime Minister. However the two sides were unable to agree on how to divide powers between a prime minister and a president and it was reported that they were also split on the sharing of cabinet positions between the two sides and the timing of a new election if a power-sharing coalition collapsed.

It was agreed that the talks should be adjourned and the key issues referred to the leaders of both sides, Mr Kibaki and Mr Odinga. In a brief statement today, Kofi Annan said he believed his mediation team had done its work and that he was now asking the party leaders to do theirs.

Mr Annan met both leaders today to urge them to take a lead in directing their negotiating teams to agree on a settlement acceptable to all. It is expected that further details of the position taken by the leadership of both sides will be clarified tomorrow, Tuesday.

Mayoral elections took place in the cities and towns of Kenya today and mayors were elected by councillors throughout the country without any public disturbances or civil unrest. However in Nairobi the election resulted in a tie and the final outcome has not yet been determined.

SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA
The security situation continued to be calm throughout the whole of Kenya today and there were no reports received of post-election violence anywhere in the country.

In the tourist areas all continues 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.

Areas to avoid - The Kenya Tourism Federation continues to recommend that for the time being tourist visitors should avoid travel to the western regions of Kenya including Nyanza Province, Western Province, and the western area of Rift Valley Province. In 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.

TRAVEL ADVISORIES
Over the weekend the British government lifted its travel advisory against non-essential travel to certain parts of Kenya and no longer recommends avoiding all travel to the western region of the country.

The British government continues to recommend avoiding travel to the high density low-income housing estates and slums of Nairobi. The British government also highlights the Naivasha / Nakuru area as an area which may now be visited but cautions that this area has seen civil unrest in recent weeks and that the situation could change so visitors should consult their tour operator to check.

The Kenya Tourism Federation advises that as of now the situation is calm in Naivasha and Nakuru. Tourist vehicles continue travelling to Lake Naivasha, through Naivasha town and onwards to Lake Nakuru National Park without experiencing any problems and the security situation on the main highways through these towns continues to be normal and secure.

The freight and transport companies also confirm that their lorries heading to and from Uganda have been driving through Naivasha and Nakuru without encountering problems.

Kenya Tourist Board, Kenya Tourism Federation


KENYA SECURITY UPDATE - Friday 22nd February 2008



POLITICAL UPDATE
The talks chaired by Mediator and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan continued today. Mr Annan stated that both sides had agreed on the creation of a prime ministerial post and considered that this showed progress towards achieving a political settlement.

However the two sides have not yet agreed on the exact role of the proposed prime minister. The ODM opposition are demanding that the post should include executive powers but the government was reported to be in favour of a non-executive prime minister.

The talks will be continuing next week from Monday. Leading ODM MPs stated today that if an agreement is not reached during the course of next week then they would consider starting a campaign of civil disobedience with such tactics as work slowdowns in order to apply pressure for a quicker resolution.

The newly elected African Union Commission chairman, Jean Ping, was in Kenya today to meet the political leadership of both sides and expressed his hope that an agreement would be reached by next week.

Mayoral elections are due to take place in the cities of Kenya on Monday. These are not public elections as the council elections took place previously, at the same time as the parliamentary and presidential elections, so councillors have already been elected and each council will elect a mayor from amongst themselves.

The ODM party won most council seats and the mayoral elections are expected to take place without creating any public unrest.

SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA
The security situation remains unchanged, with all areas throughout the country reported to be calm and no reports received of post-election violence anywhere in the country. However there have been some isolated incidents in the last two days in the slums of Nairobi as police moved in to deal with alleged illegal occupation of housing within the slums.

In the tourist areas all continues to be 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.

Areas to avoid - 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 past 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 in the Western region of the country and are not normally visited by tourists. Members of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators have avoided the whole western area since the onset of the post-election problems.

Currently the situation in most of these places is reported to be calm with no reports in recent days of any election-related violence or ethnic clashes.

In 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


KENYA SECURITY UPDATE - Thursday 21st February 2008



POLITICAL UPDATE
The talks between the government and ODM opposition negotiating teams have continued under the mediation of Kofi Annan who announced today that considerable progress has now been made towards ending the political crisis.

Talks have been adjourned until tomorow, as negotiators consult the political leadership on a compromise which it is reported has been largely agreed upon. The negotiators are expected to report back with final terms to be discussed tomorrow, Friday.

The opposition leaders have indicated that they would be prepared to accept the post of prime minister, providing it carried the necessary authority and power, as a means of achieving a political solution. The spokesman for the Kenya government said today that it agreed in principle to creating a prime minister's post and that the final details were now being discussed with the expectation that agreement could be reached by the weekend.

TRAVEL ADVISORIES
The Spanish government has now followed others in lifting its travel advisory and limiting its advice against non-essential travel to the western region of Kenya, away from the tourism areas.

This means that as of today the governments of the following countries do not have travel warnings against the whole of Kenya so that Nairobi, Mombasa and the national parks may now be visited by their nationals: USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Austria, Finland, France, Switzerland and Spain.

SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA
The security situation remains unchanged, with all areas throughout the country reported to be calm and no reports received of post-election violence anywhere in the country.

In the tourist areas all continues to be 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.

Areas to avoid - 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 past 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 in the Western region of the country and are not normally visited by tourists. Members of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators have avoided the whole western area since the onset of the post-election problems.

Currently the situation in most of these places is reported to be calm with no reports in recent days of any election-related violence or ethnic clashes.

In 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


KENYA SECURITY UPDATE - Wednesday 20th February 2008



POLITICAL UPDATE
The talks between the government and ODM opposition negotiating teams have been continuing under the mediation of Kofi Annan.

It was reported today that the President had stated his willingness to work with and share government responsibilities with ODM, but within the existing constitution. The President was reported to have indicated that the government fully supports a comprehensive constitutional review within 12 months.

During the mediation talks, the ODM leadership had dropped its initial demands for the resignation of the President and instead proposed that a Prime Minister should be appointed to share power with the President. Under this proposed arrangement, the President would then be Head of State and the Prime Minister Head of Government.

No announcement has been made of any further progress today by the mediation team. The ODM opposition leadership is now calling for parliament to be convened to enact constitutional changes which it says have already been agreed upon in negotiations with the government.

The opposition has indicated that if an agreement is not achieved within the next week then it would consider calling on supporters to hold peaceful public demonstrations.

Kofi Annan has confirmed that he will continue in his mediation role until a settlement agreeable to both sides is achieved.

TRAVEL ADVISORIES

The situation throughout the country has now been calm throughout the past three weeks and today the governments of Austria, Finland, France and Switzerland revised their travel advisories to lift the warning against non-essential travel to Kenya as a whole, now restricting their advisory to certain places, mainly in the western region of the country, so that Nairobi, Mombasa and the national parks may now be visited by their nationals.

The US, British, German and Italian governments already have similar advisories in place which do not advise against travel to Kenya as a whole but highlight areas to avoid.


SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA
The security situation remains unchanged, with all areas throughout the country reported to be calm and no reports received of post-election violence anywhere in the country.

In the tourist areas all continues to be 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.

Areas to avoid 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 past 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 in the Western region of the country and are not normally visited by tourists.

Members of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators have avoided the whole western area since the onset of the post-election problems. Currently the situation in most of these places is reported to be calm with no reports in recent days of any election-related violence or ethnic clashes.

In 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


KENYA SECURITY UPDATE - Monday 18th February 2008



POLITICAL UPDATE
The United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Nairobi today as expected and immediately attended a briefing meeting with Kofi Annan before proceeding to have separate meetings with ODM opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Kibaki and government ministers.

Adressing the international media after these meetings, Ms Rice expressed her hope that Kenya's leaders would be able to come together to share power to end the political crisis. She said Kofi Annan had made good progress in working with the parties to settle several outstanding issues and will continue to mediate in the continuing negotiations.

She confirmed the support of the United States together with the international community for the mediation process. She said the United States is helping with humanitarian assistance and is prepared to assist in the reconstruction of the infrastructure and the resettlement of people displaced from their homes.

The Presidential press office issued a statement after President Kibaki’s meeting with Condoleezza Rice which stated that the government remained committed to dialogue and "will continue looking for an amicable solution".

Raila Odinga held a press conference after his meeting with Condoleezza Rice and summarised the ODM proposals for a new position of prime minister, shared executive authority, and a fresh presidential election within two years.

The two sides are due to resume talks on Tuesday 19th, mediated by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA
The security situation remains unchanged, with all areas throughout the country reported to be calm and no reports received of post-election violence anywhere in the country.

In the tourist areas all continues to be 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.

Naivasha and Nakuru - Tourist vehicles continue travelling to Lake Naivasha, through Naivasha town and onwards to Lake Nakuru National Park without experiencing any problems as the security situation on the main highways through these towns is now reported to be back to normal.

The freight and transport companies also confirm that their lorries heading to and from Uganda have been driving through Naivasha and Nakuru without encountering problems.

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 Mombasa and Nairobi as well as the highways between the airports to the Nairobi international hotels and beach hotels at the coast are considered safe for visitors at the present time, the following areas continue to be 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 past 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 with no reports in recent days of any election-related violence or ethnic clashes.

In 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
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