The Spanish Embassy has come out barely days after the US Embassy, issuing an advisory for its Citizens in relation to a potential violence outbreak during these dire electioneering times.
In an advisory meant to guide Spanish citizens on where and how to be safe during this period, the Embassy pinpointed the Kibera and Mathare estates in Nairobi, Rift Valley, Laikipia, Coast region, and Western Kenya as some of the areas likely to experience demonstrations after the August 9 polls.
Kenya is just three days away from the August National Elections scheduled for Tuesday next week, a process that will be run by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The Spanish Embassy has therefore cautioned the citizens from participation in political activities, as well as urging them to reserve food and water to cushion them in case of any eventualities.
“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.
Further advising the Spanish citizens within the country to evade engaging in crowds and be highly careful when going to ATMs or traveling within.
“It is strongly advised to inform yourself of the situation and to follow the local media as well as the Embassy’s Facebook page and Twitter account,” read the advisory in part.
This comes amid several advisories from various Embassies offering their citizens guidelines on how their citizens can stay safe, especially this time of the peak elections.
Canada and Finland had also issued their advisories concerning the August Polls on Tuesday next week.
Even though the US Embassy advisory saw numerous attacks and ridicule, the numerous cautions from the Embassies within tend to elicit a need to know and be in control of the state of things by then and after.