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KENYA TRAVEL UPDATE - ARCHIVE - 5th Feb - 18th Feb 2008

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 February, 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


KENYA SECURITY UPDATE - Thursday 14th February 2008, 9 p.m. Nairobi


 
POLITICAL UPDATE
The Government and the Orange Democratic Movement negotiation teams returned to Nairobi this afternoon after being based in Tsavo National Park for the past two days where they held their discussions away from the glare of the media spotlight.

Mr Kofi Annan will be returning to Nairobi tomorrow and has scheduled a Press conference for 5pm tomorrow evening. The talks are then expected to resume in Nairobi on Monday morning to continue seeking a political solution acceptable to both sides.
 
The United States government has announced that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will arrive in Nairobi on Monday with a message for the political leadership in Kenya and to express support for Kofi Annan’s efforts in his mediation role.
 
SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA
The security situation remains unchanged since our update on 12th February, 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


KENYA SECURITY UPDATE: Tuesday 12th February 2008,  5 p.m. Nairobi


 
POLITICAL UPDATE 
Today Kofi Annan met Kenyan MPs from all the political parties at a special session of Parliament to brief them on the progress of the talks between the government and opposition negotiating teams which he has been chairing. Mr Annan repeated calls that have been made for MPs to travel to their constituencies and preach peace and reconciliation. He commended the government for lifting a ban on live media coverage and holding of political meetings.
 
As the continuing talks enter their third week, they are being moved away from Nairobi to a private location for three days to avoid the glare of publicity.

Yesterday Mr Annan took a short break from the talks to go for a leisurely walk in the Uhuru Park in the centre of Nairobi. Mr Annan has asked both sides not to discuss the contents of the talks in public, indicating that at the appropriate time he will release a statement on the outcome of the discussions to the media.

It has been reported that both the opposition (ODM) and President Mwai Kibaki's party (PNU) have tabled proposals for a power-sharing agreement. Mr Annan stated that both ODM leader Raila Odinga and President Kibaki have been well briefed of the progress of the talks so far and are in total support of the process.
 
SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA
The security situation throughout Kenya today was again reported to be calm in all areas and for the last few days no reports have been 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.

Tourist arrivals into Mombasa and Nairobi airports have dropped substantially in the last three weeks owing to travel advisories imposed by various governments, particularly Western European countries, but the US and British governments do not have a full advisory in place against non-essential travel to Kenya as a whole and instead are advising that specific places such as the western corner of Kenya should be avoided.

The British advisory specifically mentions wildlife parks and reserves which they do not consider to pose a risk for visitors. Tourist visitors to the parks and reserves in recent days have been having an exclusive wildlife experience with few other tourist vehicles to be seen.

Many visitors have expressed their surprise that the images portrayed by their national media at home were so very different from their actual experience on a safari or beach vacation in Kenya once they arrived here.
 
Mombasa and the coast: Mombasa town continues to be calm and it is generally peaceful throughout all of the coast province. The British government recently lifted its advisory against travel to Mombasa town in view of the improved security situation.
 
The route to the Mara past Narok town continues to be used by tourist vehicles without any problems reported. 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. The British government has now removed its advisory against travelling by road to the Mara through Narok.

This is now consistent with our own advice.
 
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 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 with no reports in recent days of any election-related violence or ethnic clashes.

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


SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA: Monday 11th February 2008 4 p.m. Nairobi


 
POLITICAL UPDATE
The negotiating teams representing the government and opposition continued their series of meetings again today with Kofi Annan mediating. At the end of last week it was reported that good progress was being made and hopes have been raised that a political settlement acceptable to all may be reached soon. In the meantime the government lifted the ban on politicians making live broadcasts or holding public meetings, citing the recently improved security in the country.
 
SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA
There was no change over the weekend or today and the security position remains the same as indicated in the Update issued on, Friday 8th February. There were no reports today of ethnic clashes or violence linked to the post-election dispute anywhere in the country.

The British government has now removed its advisory against travelling by road to the Mara through Narok. This is now consistent with our own advice. 
 
TOURISM NEWS
The East African Whale Shark Trust is organising a Whale Shark Satellite Tagging programme from Diani Beach on Kenya’s south coast between 18th February and 2nd March. Tourists staying at the beach resorts at Diani can join world renowned scientists on a daily whale shark safari lasting 4 hours.

They will be taken out in a boat leaving Pinewood Village in the morning and guided by a spotter plane to find the whale sharks. Snorkelling equipment is provided and there will be the opportunity to swim with whale sharks and to watch the research team tag the world’s largest fish. This is a memorable experience and helps to support research and conservation.

For More Information visit www.giantsharks.org

Kenya Tourist Board, Kenya Tourism Federation


SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA: Friday 8th February 2008 6 p.m.


 
POLITICAL UPDATE
The mediation talks between the government and opposition continued today under the Chairmanship of Kofi Annan as mediator, with reports that significant progress towards a settlement has now been made, with agreement reached on the broad principles of a possible solution. Kofi Annan told reporters, "We are all agreed that a political settlement is needed, that a political settlement is necessary and we are working out the details of such a settlement."
 
SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA
The security situation throughout Kenya was again reported to be calm in all areas and for the third consecutive day no reports were received of post-election violence anywhere in the country.
 
In the tourist areas all is 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.
 
Mombasa and the coast: Mombasa town continues to be calm and it is generally peaceful throughout the coast province.  The British government recently lifted its advisory against travel to Mombasa town in view of the improved security situation.
 
The route to the Mara past Narok town continues to be used by tourist vehicles without any problems reported. 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 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 report that their lorries have been driving through Naivasha and Nakuru without encountering problems and continuing on to Uganda.
 
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 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 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 in recent weeks 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.
 
TOURISM NEWS
Cruise ships are again calling at Mombasa after an absence during the past month owing to concerns caused by the post-election crisis, with the Silverseas cruise ship arriving this week, bringing over 200 tourists who went on safaris to Tsavo, Amboseli and the Mara.

In the community-owned Ol Choro Oirogua Conservancy in the Mara, a new-born rhino calf was promptly given the name “Kofi Annan” by rangers in recognition of the role being played by the former UN Secretary General.

Kenya Tourist Board, Kenya Tourism Federation


SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA: Thursday 7th February 2008 7.30 pm


 
Once again no reports were received today of any new incidents of violence linked to the post-election crisis from anywhere in the country and the situation remains unchanged since yesterday’s report.
 
The talks between the government and opposition negotiating teams continue with Kofi Annan mediating.
 
Foreign ministers from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and Somalia who arrived in Nairobi yesterday for a meeting of the East African regional group, Igad, met today to discuss the crisis. A statement is awaited.
 
The main focus of attention in Kenya now is on the continuing discussions to end the political impasse in the country.

Kenya Tourist Board, Kenya Tourism Federation


SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA: Wednesday 6th February 2008 10 p.m.


 
POLITICAL UPDATE 
The two teams selected by the government and opposition to represent both sides in discussing a solution to the political dispute have been increased to 4 persons on each side, with Mr Annan as mediator backed by a team of “Eminent Africans” including Graca Machel and the former President of Tanzania.

Today the meeting continued seeking to arrive at a solution, with agreement that the first objective is to secure an end to violence. The government has confirmed that the ban on live broadcasts by politicians has been lifted, citing the recent improvement in security.
 
SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA 
The security situation throughout Kenya was again reported to be calm including in those areas in the western corner of Kenya which have recently experienced ethnic clashes and violent disturbances. No reports were received of post-election violence anywhere in the country today.
 
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.
 
Mombasa and the coast: Mombasa town continues to be calm and peaceful and it is peaceful throughout the coast province.  The British government has now lifted its advisory on Mombasa with effect from today in view of the improved security situation.
 
The route to the Mara past Narok town continues to be used by tourist vehicles without any problems reported. 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 continue travelling 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. The media visited Nakuru town today and local TV showed interviews by well-known newsman Jeff Koinange with people in Nakuru on the streets and in shops to confirm that life had returned to normal and that local residents had vowed to forget their differences and to live together.
 
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 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 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 in recent weeks 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.
 
Kenya Tourist Board, Kenya Tourism Federation


SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA: Tuesday 5th February 2008 4 p.m.


 
POLITICAL UPDATE: Following Kofin Annan’s arrival in Kenya, he succeeded in quickly bringing the two opposing sides together in talks aimed at solving the current political crisis. The government and opposition sides have each chosen a 3-person team to negotiate a political settlement, with Mr Annan as mediator backed by a team of “Eminent Africans” including Graca Machel and the former President of Tanzania.

After their first full morning meeting last week, both sides issued a joint statement which expressed optimism that a peaceful solution to the political crisis would be arrived at sooner rather than later. An agenda has been agreed upon with one of the first objectives being to take urgent steps to stop the violence and thereby resolve the immediate crisis within a 15 day time-scale.
 
Mr Annan’s team proposed Cyril Ramaphosa as mediator to lead talks in the longer term to address Kenya's ethnic and land issues. However the government side expressed reservations about Mr Ramaphosa, whom it was suggested might have business links to ODM leader Raila Odinga, whereupon he withdrew and left the country yesterday.

This means an alternative person will have to be appointed. In the short term the key priority is to achieve an immediate end to violence and the talks continue today with Mr Annan as mediator.
 
As part of the strategy to stop violence, MPs are returning to their constituencies to urge their supporters to shun violence and keep the peace. It seems that this approach is already having an effect as calm has returned to many of the areas previously experiencing unrest. The coast MPs announced in Mombasa that they intend that the coast region should set an example to the rest of the country as to how different ethnic groups can once again live together in harmony as Kenyans.
 
SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA
 
The security situation in the country today is now reported to be calmer in those areas in the western corner of Kenya which have experienced ethnic clashes in recent days.
 
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 reported. 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 continue travelling 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 and it is generally calm throughout the coast province.
 
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 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 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 in recent weeks 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.
 
News from the National Parks:
The Kenya Wildlife Service has announced the results of a census of the elephant population in Tsavo National Park and the surrounding eco-system which shows that numbers have increased and poaching is at minimal levels. Tsavo is Kenya’s largest national park and the elephant population there is now 11,696 which is an increase on the figure of three years ago of 10,397.

The new figure from this year’s census represents a 4.1 per cent growth rate, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service Director, Dr Julius Kipng’etich. “The elephant is Kenya’s flagship species and so its distribution and condition is a good indicator of the status of our wildlife,” Dr Kipng’etich said. 
 
Kenya Tourist Board, Kenya Tourism Federation

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