Trouble in Mombasa
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Aug 31, 2012 8:52 AM Last Post By: Nim0
Aug 27, 2012 11:23 PM
Trouble in MombasaJust reading this article about riots in Mombasa, hopefully things calm down over the next couple of days as we are off there very soon.
Aug 27, 2012 11:48 PM
1Hi Matty - thanks for this post. Having been in East Africa recently the subject of the Islamic section of the populous seeking more political independence is getting more publicity. They (the Islamic section of the community) feel they have been ignored by the central government in Nairobi and are demanding some form of political autonomy (possibly something akin the what Zanzibar has). But they fail to understand that being an island (and formerly a separate country) Zanzibar is a very different issue.
I am disappointed that this issue has turned violent - with deaths resulting. But this will certainly get the attention of Nairobi, but possibly not what the populous is seeking. So if you are planning to be in Mombasa in the near future just be on your guard.
Aug 28, 2012 7:17 AM
2This is getting a lot of play in the foreign media. Even American and Canadian papers are taking notice, which they don't normally do when Kenya has a quick flare-up of violence. Unfortunately, any combination of the words "Muslim", "unrest" and "al Qaeda/al Shabaab" has a huge impact on foreign minds.
I am less concerned about this one event than I am about the pattern of mobs taking to the streets afterward and blocking traffic. This is nothing new, but there is definitely going to be more of it as the election nears. Anything from a killing, to strikes, to political meetings can bring a mob out. I was in Mombasa during the last post-election violence. It could be frightening to watch, and the shops usually closed for the rest of the day. Beer ran out at the resorts, and food began to get scarce in the supermarkets.
It doesn't help that tourists to the coast have to rely on a single strip of road. If the current eruption doesn't subside soon, expect a lot of Christmas travelers to change their plans.
Most of Kenya is still safe and friendly, but the problem is that flying in and out of Kenya involves traversing the big cities where scary situations can develop. I have taken the precaution of flying through Dar es Salaam on my next visit (Oct-April). I don't want to be having to make my way to Kenyatta Airport if there is unrest in Nairobi or any blockage of the highways.
Aug 28, 2012 2:26 PM
3Rioters kill officer in Coast grenade attack
A prison warder was killed and 14 other security officers injured as the violence triggered by the killing of Al-Shabaab suspect Aboud Rogo continued for the second day Tuesday.
The riots spread across Mombasa town with mayhem reported in Mwandoni, Bakarani and Bamburi, all in Kisauni, and in Majengo and King’orani areas on the island.
Aug 30, 2012 1:33 PM
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