The United States has called for an “immediate, sustained and transparent” dialogue between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his opponent Raila Odinga.
U.S Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said so in a statement sent to newsrooms on Monday adding that the national dialogue will resolve the ongoing political impasse.
Godec also said that the United States was concerned with the violence experienced in the country following the October 26 election. He wants the two leaders to publicly reject violence and keep the peace.
“The United States is profoundly concerned by the outbreaks of violence in Kenya following the October 26 election. Leaders and politicians should clearly and publicly reject violence and work to keep the peace and make every effort to ensure the supporters do so as well,” read part of the statement.
Godec also touched on the amount of force used by security operatives on protesters during the October 26 poll and afterward. He said they need to minimise it and “only use it when there is no other choice to protect life and property” adding that protesters should exercise their rights peacefully.
“We are deeply concerned by reports of excessive use of force by the police; we urge that all such allegations be fully investigated and any officer who have acted outside the law be held to account,” he added.
He further called upon Kenyans to reject the politics of hatred and division.
The possible meeting between the two opponents will be a heated affair, most especially after Deputy President William Ruto alleged that the former prime minister hired militia to block the repeat election in his strongholds.
“We are reliably aware that our competitors blocked voting in some areas through violent protests orchestrated by hired militia,” Ruto said in an interview with SABC on Monday.
He further stated that the government will not hold talks with the Opposition because they had abstained from the repeat poll.
“We will not have talks outside our constitutional framework. We are a democracy. After the winner is announced Kenyans are free to prosecute issues in court,” he said.
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