Saturday, June 14, 2014

Kenya: Update--UK's Honorary Consulate in Mombasa Closed Due to Security Threats

According to The Somalia Current, the British Foreign Office has closed down its consulate in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, citing security concerns.

All consular services have now been transferred to capital of Nairobi, according to a Friday (June 13) press statement issued by the UK High Commission.

“Following the changes made to our travel advice on Wednesday, May 14, the decision has been made to close our honorary consulate office in Mombasa,” the statement read.

COMMENT: “The UK has a responsibility to inform British citizens of the potential threats aimed at both Kenya and the international community.

Travel advice was recently amended to advice against all but essential travel to a specific area around Mombasa,” it added.

“This change was driven solely by our objective assessment of the threat faced by British nationals living, working or traveling in the region,” read the statement.

This comes shortly after western countries led by the UK and US issued travel advisory to their citizens traveling to Kenya citing potential terror threat.

Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city and a popular tourist destination, has recently been hit by a string of attacks that are linked to al-Qaeda linked militant group and Somalia's al-Shabaab who are against the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia.

The closure of the UK’s Mombasa consulate comes one day after Kenya announced that it had allocated roughly $2 billion to boost public security.