The government of Kenya has denied ever signing the Declaration For The Future Of The Internet as a statement published on the US Government White House website purports.
The government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna issued a statement on Thursday refuting the claims that Kenya is one of the 60 signatories to the declaration.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement published on the US Government White House website on the Declaration for the Future of the Internet. The statement lists Kenya as one of the 60 signatories to the said declaration,” Oguna said.
Oguna said Kenya is yet to go through its processes and laws for endorsing the declaration and the country can only be a signatory to international instruments after cabinet approval and ratification by the parliament.
“While we are listed as a signatory to the declaration, we wish to state that, as a country, we have not gone through our processes and laws for endorsing this declaration. As per our laws, Kenya can only be a signatory to any international instrument after Cabinet approval, and ratification by the National Assembly,” the statement read.
Oguna said the listing of Kenya as a signatory to the declaration is erroneous and Kenya will state its position on the matter after the review of the declaration is done.
“The said declaration is going through review and based on the outcome of the process, Kenya will be able to state her position on the matter. As such, the listing of Kenya as a signatory is erroneous,” the statement read.