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Kenya Tourist Board


Update on recent events over contested Kenya’s 2007 presidential election

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Feb 24, 2008

Kenya tourism officials are working diligently to ensure the safety and security of visitors to the country. In order to keep the traveling public up-to-date on the situation on ground in Kenya, we are sending out continual updates on the current state of affairs within the country with regard to the tourism infrastructure.

Friday 22nd February 2008, 10 p.m. Nairobi

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.

Thursday 21st February 2008, 6 p.m. Nairobi

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 tomorrow, 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.

Update on recent events over contested Kenya’s 2007 presidential election



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