A few foreign ambassadors have raised their concern over the ongoing move by Kenyan Opposition to disband Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials for their perceived inconsistency to handle the 2017 General Election.
The 11 diplomats in a statement called on Kenyan leadership and the public to take questions on IEBC and answer them in accordance with the constitution.
The foreigner Ambassadors said:
“Decisions on questions such as the future of the IEBC’s leadership must be acceptable, achieved through dialogue and made in accord with Kenya’s Constitution and laws”,.
They stated their decision to rally behind Kenya in the general election through rendering financial and technical assistance, as well as civic education and conflict mitigation efforts. They urged Kenyans to rebuff any attempt by politicians to incite violence.
“To ensure a credible, peaceful poll in 2017, we call on Kenya’s leaders and citizens to come together through dialogue to build confidence in the electoral system.”
The foreign representatives also admitted that elected personnels have the responsibility of ensuring peace and order in the country. They have also pointed out to the public, that they too have an active role to play as well.
The ambassadors who signed the statement include, Robert Godec (US), Nic Hailey (UK), Jutta Frasch (Germany), David Angell (Canada), Ralf Heckner (Switzerland), Johan Borgstam (Sweden), Mette Knudsen (Denmark), Victor Ronneberg (Norway), Tarja Fernandez (Finland), John Feakes (Australia) and Netherlands’ Frans Makken.
Earlier, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec had said electoral commission and the Supreme Court must win back the trust and confidence of Kenyans ahead of next year’s elections.
Mr Godec also expressed concern over corruption, stating that more works are heavily needed in line with agreements reached between Kenya and the US during President Barack Obama’s visit to Nairobi last year.
Cord leader Raila Odinga claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta is determined to remain in power, whether or not he wins or loses, and has a deal with the IEBC to ensure victory. Raila noted that he has details showing the President has talked with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to announce him the winner of next year’s election, so as to gain top government positions.
On that account, opposition coalition, CORD, called for protests to kick out IEBC officials from office since the team now has questionable reputation. Sate House has dismissed opposition claims and has vowed not to allow destructive protest, urging the leaders to respect the constitution.
However, Cord leaders said the party will hold protests at the IEBC offices in Nairobi and across the country every Monday until the IEBC commissioners are changed.
They also named other conditions and terms that would be discussed if the issue results in dialogue.