Several Ghanaian Members of Parliament, predominantly from the Local Government Committee, found themselves amidst violent demonstrations at Kenya’s Parliament.

The MPs, including Thomas Ampem Nyarko and Sylvester Tetteh from Asuogyaman and Bortianor-Ngleshie Amanfro constituencies respectively, were captured on amateur footage seeking refuge inside the building as riots escalated outside.

Other affected MPs identified were Emmanuel Akwasi Gyamfi and Nii Lante Vanderpuye. Anita Quartey-Papafio, a parliament clerk overseeing Governance Cluster Committees, was also part of the delegation caught up in the unrest.

Ghana’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Damptey Asare, reassured the safety of the Ghanaian community amidst the turmoil, emphasizing no reported casualties or incidents involving Ghanaians.

He provided this assurance during an interview on JoyNews’ Connect Africa, underscoring the diplomatic efforts to monitor and safeguard Ghanaian citizens in Kenya.

The protests in Kenya took a violent turn with reports of four protesters shot outside parliament, according to the Kenya Human Rights Commission, which condemned the incidents as severe violations of human rights. However, these reports await further confirmation from additional sources.

The incident highlights the vulnerability of international travelers and officials during civil unrest and the critical role of diplomatic assurances in ensuring the safety of nationals abroad.