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US Embassy Issues New Statement on Situation in Kisumu After Backlash

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The US Embassy in Nairobi has clarified that it has not identified Kisumu as a violence hotspot ahead of the General Election.

Earlier in the day, the local media reported that the Embassy had issued a travel advisory to its citizens in the county and those intending to visit the lakeside city.

In the clarification statement, the embassy said it is normal for the US to release routine security alerts.

The Embassy denied alluding that clashes might occur in Kisumu.

“The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi released a routine Security Alert on August 2 in advance of next week’s Kenyan elections.  

“Alerts of this nature to American citizens are common ahead of elections throughout the world, and the United States has no information to suggest the security situation in Kisumu, or in any other parts of Kenya, have been adversely affected by election preparations,” the statement read in part.

Kisumu hosts a significant number of US Embassy personnel and is a frequent travel destination for American citizens. 

“The U.S. Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas and routinely issues Security Alerts surrounding elections, health conditions, and extreme weather, ensuring U.S. citizens have information that helps inform travel plans.”

The earlier statement had attracted criticism, with some Kenyans accusing the Embassy of portraying Kisumu in a bad light to the world.

At the same time, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has appealed to Kenyans to maintain peace before, during and after the August 9 General Election.

“Kenyans will soon have the opportunity to showcase their democracy to the world as they make their voices heard in their elections. We urge a peaceful and transparent democratic process, which is critical to delivering a more prosperous and secure future for all Kenyans,” he said.

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