Over 15 foreign missions led by the United States have advised Opposition leader Raila Odinga to direct his concerns regarding the credibility of Thursday’s repeat presidential election to the Supreme Court.
The diplomats urged the Opposition to desist from using violence and intimidation in an effort to stop the election from taking place as scheduled.
“But no-one should use violence or intimidation to disrupt the right of others to vote or to participate. Doing so is profoundly undemocratic, and leaders must tell their supporters to refrain from such actions” warned the envoys in their statement.
Addressing a press conference in Nairobi Monday, the US Ambassador Robert Godec however regretted that NASA leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka withdrew from the race despite having successfully petitioned the Supreme Court to nullify the Presidential election results that handed Uhuru Kenyatta victory.
“We respect the right of NASA candidates Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka to withdraw their candidacies, but regret their decision. We have been engaged in efforts to find a way that will encourage them to rejoin, and continue to hope they will do so in light of the progress made at the IEBC and our shared commitment to the democratic electoral process” said Godec
He added “ the new election must be carried out in accordance with the Constitution and court order, but it is vital that it be credible and be held in a competitive, peaceful, and participatory environment. Respect for the law is vital for every Kenyan”
He cautioned political leaders against interfering with independent institutions. The envoys urged President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law the controversial Elections amendment Act.
“This election must be held in accord with the Constitution and laws, as interpreted by the courts. Attempts to change the law at the last moment are also not helpful, and we call again on President Kenyatta not to sign the electoral law amendments that are now on his desk” he advised.
He urged the government to provide progress report on the investigations into the murder of former IEBC’s ICT Manager the late Chris Musando in the run up to the August 8 general elections.
NASA maintains that the elections scheduled for 26th do not meet the conditions deduced from the Supreme Court ruling and its subsequent irreducible minimums that were shared both with IEBC and the Public.