The United Kingdom and the United States have both congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto on their inauguration for a second term.
The two superpowers also congratulated Kenyans for the conclusion of a prolonged electioneering period which can now allow the country move forward.
United Kingdom Minister for Africa Rory Stewart was in Nairobi for the inauguration and held talks with President Kenyatta after the ceremony.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement that Mr. Stewart passed on a message of congratulations from the UK Prime Minister and invited Mr. Kenyatta to the Commonwealth Summit in London next year.
“Today marks the moment where Kenya can move forward after a prolonged, divisive, election period in a new spirit of reconciliation,” Mr. Stewart said after his visit.
“I hope that all Kenyans will recognize the need now for national dialogue, and healing.”
Mr. Stewart and President Kenyatta discussed the future of the wide-ranging partnership shared by Kenya and its former colonial master, and that the UK welcomed the president’s commitment to national unity.
The call for talks with the opposition was shared with the U.S. who expressed concern over the political tensions in the country.
“Even as we look forward to strengthening and renewing the bilateral partnership in the years ahead, we are deeply concerned by the ongoing political tensions in Kenya,” read part of the statement from US State Department.
“As part of the process of addressing these tensions and strengthening institutions, we urge Kenyans to join together to hold an immediate, sustained, and open national conversation to heal divisions between communities. We encourage all Kenyans to come together at this critical moment and to work together peacefully and uphold the constitution.”
The U.S. further pledged to continue working with all Kenyans committed to building democracy, advancing prosperity, and strengthening security.