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Kenya Demonstrations and Ride-Sharing Strike Alert

Updated 15 July 2019

The Situation:

  • Senators and governors are expected to stage a demonstration in Nairobi on Monday, July 15, over a controversial Division of Revenue bill, which will give counties reduced funds over previous years. Protesters are expected to march to the National Assembly, to demand explanations from MPs on why they voted to cut fund allocations.

  • Ride-sharing service drivers are expected to strike in Nairobi and other urban centers from Monday, July 15, until further notice, to demand better salaries and working conditions. Platforms such as Uber, Taxify, Little Cab, Pewin Cabs, and Fone Taxi will all be affected by the strike.

Possible Effects:

  • A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions

  • Traffic delays due to strikes and demonstrations

  • Blocked roads

  • Interruptions to ride-sharing services are anticipated in cities affected by the strikes, notably in Nairobi, over the coming hours and days

  • Related demonstrations may result in traffic disruptions.  

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests and demonstration, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Avoid traveling through city centers and take bypasses

  • If you are caught in a blockade:

  1. Remain calm

  2. Do not exit your vehicle

  3. Call the authorities

  4. Police Department +254 736 350100

  5. For emergencies, dial 999 or 112

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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