The United States of America has issued a statement hitting back at the opposition leader Raila Odinga for ‘inaugurating himself’ as the People’s President of Kenya.
In a statement posted on their website, the US government says that it rejects the action by the opposition leader saying that his attempt to establish himself as another president is against the laws of Kenya.
“The United States is gravely concerned by Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s self-“inauguration” on January 30. We reject actions that undermine Kenya’s Constitution and the rule of law. Uhuru Kenyatta was elected as President of the Republic of Kenya on October 26, 2017, in a poll that was upheld by Kenya’s Supreme Court. Grievances must be resolved through appropriate legal mechanisms,” read the statement.
The United States has been pushing for dialogue between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the opposition leader Raila Odinga. US Ambassador to Kenya has been on the receiving end from the opposition for ‘citing’ with the ruling party and failing to ‘realize the general feeling of people on the ground’.
“We again urge Kenyan leaders and citizens to begin a national conversation to build cohesion and address long-standing issues. The United States continues to support efforts by religious, business, and civil society leaders to begin this conversation in the near future and call on everyone to participate in this endeavor,” said the U.S Department of State.
The United States has also called on the government to stop intimidating the media following the total shutdown of three major television stations; KTN News, Citizen TV, and NTV.
“Freedom of expression, including for members of the media, is essential to democracy and is enshrined in Kenya’s Constitution. We urge the Government and all Kenyans to respect freedom of expression and implement court orders calling for the restoration of television broadcasts”