NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Envoys from 15 Western countries on Tuesday called on
Kenyans to refrain from rhetoric and actions that incite hatred and
violence ahead of the release of the full ruling on presidential
elections by Supreme Court.
In a joint statement issued in Nairobi, some foreign envoys from the
U.S., Britain, France, Italy and Norway among others also condemned
false malicious “Judicial Capture” documents that have been publicly
circulating which they warned could endanger lives.
“We urge the Kenyan authorities to hold to account those responsible
for hate speech and incitement and to ensure the safety of those
wrongly attacked, including members of our own Mission staffs,” the
In recent months the East African nation has witnessed an upsurge in
troubling fake news, hate speech, and ethnic profiling.
In addition, the envoys said, there have been unfounded attacks on
individuals and institutions, for instance on the judiciary and the
Independence Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) targeting
certain officials and judges.
“While we support freedom of speech, baseless attacks and lies must
stop, and leaders on all sides should work to ensure they do. They
risk undermining Kenya’s Constitution, the rule of law, and the
nation’s peace and security,” said the envoys.
The diplomats said Kenyans should instead focus on preparing for the
new poll, which, in line with the Court’s order and the
Constitution, must be run by the electoral body and be held by the
end of October.
“We and our teams will continue to act with complete impartiality,
in line with our shared commitment to Kenya’s Constitution and its
institutions,” they said.
Four out of six judge bench at the Supreme Court on Sept.1 declared
the election of the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta invalid
citing massive irregularities in counting and transmission of votes.
The electoral body has set Oct. 17 to conduct fresh nominations amid
opposition from the Odinga-led NASA coalition that has maintained
there will be no elections until certain reforms are implemented at
But the envoys pledged to continue working with the IEBC and with
all Kenyans who seek to ensure the new presidential election is
free, fair, and credible.
“A successful poll will require goodwill and flexibility from
leaders and citizens alike. Politics must not be a matter of life or
death,” said the envoys.
“We urge everyone to keep the peace and to respect the Constitution,
its values, and the institutions it established. As partners, we
stand with Kenyans who seek to move the country forward and to
strengthen the country’s democracy.”