US issues Kenya travel warning ahead of Obama trip, anti-homosexuality protests gain momentum

DONT YOU DARE TALK ABOUT IT: Kenyans are warning US President Barack Obama not to talk about homosexuality in his planned speech

DONT YOU DARE TALK ABOUT IT: Kenyans are warning US President Barack Obama not to talk about homosexuality in his planned speech

As the highly anticipated trip of the US President Barack Obama to Kenya to attend the Sixth Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), nears, the State Department is alerting Americans to take precautions as they travel to or around the East African nation.

The State Department says the high profile event might attract “criminal elements to target participants and other visitors. Large-scale public events such as this Summit can also be a target for terrorists”

The US urges citizens to “maintain a high level of security awareness, and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive pertinent safety and security information.”

The alert is in effect until July 30, 2015.

President Obama is due to travel to Nairobi, Kenya to attend GES, the summit is slated for July 24-26.

Kenya has always been a target for terrorist groups, particularly Somali-based Al-Shabaab.

In 2013, the al-Qaeda-affiliated militants attacked Nairobi’s Westgate Mall and killed 67 people and injured dozens. In April the group mounted their deadliest attack yet on Kenyan soil at Garissa University in eastern Kenya killing nearly 150 students.

The two countries have a security cooperation to fight Al-Shabaab, and on occasion, US drones have targeted and killed Al-Shabaa leaders in Somalia.

The group has in the past warned it would carry out attacks within the United States. Records show that, about a dozen young Somali immigrants have left Minnesota area to join Al-Shabaab in rural Somalia

This will be Obama’s first time to visit his ancestral land as US President, he visited Kenya way back in 2006 when he was still a US Senator.

His forthcoming trip has caused both excitement and uproar in Kenya as many Kenyan are looking forward to receiving the US president whereas some are not so happy about his visit and speech.

There have been protests in Kenya, and within the Kenyan government against President Obama warning him not to touch on the hot button issue of homosexual rights.

Given the US Supreme Court recent endorsement of same-sex marriage, Kenyan politicians and legislators including the Deputy President William Ruto, have publicly warned Obama not to try “and impose US values on Kenyans” by bringing up the issue in his speech. And a political group has announced it will hold “completely naked protests” in Nairobi to protest Obama’s homosexuality support.

Anti-gay protestors' notification to the authorities

Anti-gay protestors’ notification to the authorities

Meanwhile, a number of university students has threatened to commit suicide if the US president does not visit their school; University of Nairobi.