- Embassies and High Commissions in Kenya have issued a joint statement regarding the recent unrest in some parts of the country.
- While acknowledging Kenyans' right to take part in demonstrations and picketing as enshrined in the Constitution, they called for responsibility and adherence to the law.
Western embassies and High Commissions in Kenya have issued a joint statement regarding the recent unrest in some parts of the country.
The envoys from US, UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden expressed concerns that recent chaotic events would have adverse effects on the economy.
They, especially raised concern over the torching of places of worship in Kibra and invasion of the Kenyatta family’s Northlands City development during the Monday demonstrations.
“As friends and partners to Kenya, we are deeply concerned by the recent unrest and violence as well as the destruction of places of worship and private property. It is also damaging economic activity at a time of significant financial challenges,” the Western envoys said in a statement.
They acknowledged that the Constitution protected the rights of every Kenyan to take part in peaceful protests and picketing but called for responsibility and adherence to the law.
“We recognise the right to peaceful protest under Kenya's Constitution. All actors also have a responsibility to adhere to the principles of democracy, freedom and the rule of law,” they went on.
While lauding Police Inspector General Japhet Koome for his pledge to probe crimes committed during the Monday demos, they urged Kenyans to maintain peace and stability.
“We therefore call on all leaders and all Kenyans to maintain peace, show restraint, and work toward a swift resolution for the common good of Kenya,” added the statement.
They echoed African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Moussa Faki’s remarks endorsing how the 2022 presidential elections were conducted and the ruling of the Supreme Court.
“We agree with the Africa Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson in recalling the successful conduct of the general elections in 2022, and the unanimous confirmation of their results by the Supreme Court,” they concluded.