Politicians and Kenyans have been urged to refrain from rhetoric’s and actions that incite hatred and violence.
Heads of missions in the country have expressed worry over unfounded attacks on individuals and institutions, for instance on the judiciary and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), that risk undermining Kenya’s Constitution, the rule of law, and the nation’s peace and security.
In a joint statement Tuesday, they also condemned the public circulation of “Judicial Capture” documents as malicious and that could endanger lives.
“We urge the Kenyan authorities to hold to account those responsible for hate speech and incitement and to ensure the safety of those wrongly attacked, including members of our own Mission staffs. We and our teams will continue to act with complete impartiality, in line with our shared commitment to Kenya’s Constitution and its institutions.”
The mission heads says now is the time to focus on preparing for the new poll, which, in line with the Court’s order and the Constitution, must be run by the IEBC and be held by the end of October. They also noted that in the recent months, Kenya has witnessed an upsurge in troubling “fake news,” hate speech, and ethnic profiling.
The mission heads said that they will continue to work with the IEBC and all Kenyans who seek to ensure the new presidential election is free, fair, and credible. They reiterated that a successful poll will require goodwill and flexibility from leaders and citizens alike.
“We urge everyone to keep the peace and to respect the Constitution, its values, and the institutions it established. As partners, we stand with Kenyans who seek to move the country forward and to strengthen the country’s democracy.”
This statement has been issued by the following Heads of Mission in Kenya:
- Robert F. Godec – Ambassador of the United States to Kenya
- Stefano A. Dejak- Ambassador of the European Union
- Frans Makken – Ambassador of the Netherlands to Kenya
- Mette Knudsen – Ambassador of Denmark to Kenya
- Mauro Massoni- Ambassador of Italy
- Sara Hradecky- High Commissioner for Canada
- Fredrik Folkunger- Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Sweden
- Vincent Willekens- Chargé d’Affairesa.i., Belgium