Thursday 23 November 2017

Kenya warns violence could mar elections

Tourists have been advised to stay away from Kenya's beaches after it emerged that gangs of young men have been training in forest camps to disrupt Monday's election.

Police, fearing a repeat of violence that marred the 2007 presidential poll, arrested 12 men from the self-styled Mombasa Republican Council yesterday. "They were planning to attack election officials and scare people from voting," one senior police officer said.

Khelef Khalifa, the head of Muslims for Human Rights, a respected activist group in Mombasa, warned any visitors planning a trip to the region that "it would be better tourists did not come now, it is not a safe time".

Irish Independent

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