Kenyans are gripped with social media and the internet at large. Whenever one dwells a fancy place, they usually take fantastic pictures and videos that are posted in different social media platforms such as instagram, tiktok & Facebook. Nevertheless, Kenyans need to be very careful since there are some facilities and places where photography is prohibited and if caught, you might find yourself standing a State guest. The government made this move in a bid to counter-terrorism and crime in the country. Here is a list of facilities in Kenya that you are not permitted to take pictures of.
The Statehouse of Kenya is the official residence of the president of the Republic of Kenya & the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. It houses the president’s family, including the first lady & her children. To get access to the statehouse, you must get written permission from the Ministry of Interior security & coordination. The place is heavily protected by Recce Squad – a docket beneath the General Service Unit (GSU) that is trained and qualified to protect the president. Photography inside and outside the building is prohibited unless you have written permission.
Harambee house is a structure in the Central Business District (CBD) of Nairobi that boards the authorized office of the president of the Republic of Kenya. Here, key decisions affecting the country are made, cabinet meetings held, and government papers signed. The place is laboriously guarded by Recce Squad & is under CCTV Surveillance 24/7. Taking pictures inside and outside the Harambee house building is positively discouraged and restricted.
The Times towers is one of the most prominent buildings in Kenya. At one point, it was the most towering building in Kenya before the erection of several buildings in the past few years. The building houses the headquarters of (KRA) Kenya Revenue Authorities – a government office directed with the task of gathering taxes and revenues from all Kenyans. Photography inside & outside the building is prohibited for security purposes unless approved by the government.
Jomo Kenyatta Mausoleum
Jomo Kenyatta Mausoleum is where the foremost president of the Republic of Kenya – Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was buried & laid to rest. The place is in the Central Business District (CBD) of Nairobi, which is merely adjacent to parliament structures and opposite the well-known Intercontinental Hotel. The area is under protection by the well-trained Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) for 24/7 and taking a photograph near the place might land you in a police cell unless you have official written permission.
The Vigilance House
The Vigilance house is a structure that houses the office of the Kenya Police. It is found in the Central Business District (CBD) of Nairobi along Harambee Avenue. It houses the official headquarters of the Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai as well as other geriatric officers in the Kenya police. The place is fully protected by the Kenya Police and is under concealed cameras and bomb sensors for 24/7. Photography inside and outside the building is prohibited and if arrested you might find yourself in prison.
The Parliament Buildings is found along Parliament Road in the Central Business District (CBD) of Nairobi. The facility houses the National Assembly of Kenya and the Senate of Kenya. Here, the elected people’s representatives sit down, debate, & agree on issues concerning the country at large. New bills and modifications are also made here, making it one of the essential places in Kenya. However, the place is heavily guarded by the Kenya Police, and taking photos near the buildings might land you in jail.
Central Bank of Kenya
The (CBK) Central Bank of Kenya is the financial authority of Kenya. CBK is tasked with the position of implementing monetary policies, operating the country’s foreign exchange resources as well as controlling the government’s domestic obligation. This place is a critical facility for Kenya’s government, which explains the heavy security witnessed around the building. Taking photos inside and outside the facility is banned for security reasons & if caught, you will get captured and charged in s court of law.
United States Embassy
The United States Embassy is found along United Nations Avenue, off Limuru Road, Gigiri area of Nairobi. The place is heavily protected by the Kenya Police and the American police. Hidden CCTVs & bomb detectors are also equipped around the area. Visiting the place, one must have an assignment, and electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, cameras, compact discs, and MP3s are precisely not allowed. Taking photos inside & outside the buildings is restricted and you might get yourself in big trouble if captured by the security when taking pictures.
The Army Barracks
The army Barracks are the authorized residence of the Kenya Defence Forces of Kenya – a well-equipped army tasked with the assignment of protecting Kenya’s territorial borders and sovereignty. The barracks are found in different locations: Kenya Army Ammunition Depot in Gatharaini Nairobi, Embakasi Barracks, Langata Barracks, Kahawa Garrison Camp in Kahawa & Waterworks Camp in Hill Estate, Nairobi. It is a offense to take photos inside and outside these barracks.
United Nations Offices
The United Nations headquarters is located along United Nations Avenue in Westlands, Nairobi. The offices which are the UN’s office in Africa was founded in 1996 and is one of the four major United Nations offices. The place is heavily protected by Kenya’s military and internationally trained police. It is under the surveillance of unknown CCTVs and bomb detectors for 24/7. Taking photos around the offices is prohibited and you’ll be charged if caught.