UNITED NATIONS New York
(Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio
Guterres sent former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to Kenya
to avert a political crisis, chief UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric
said on Friday.
"The political situation in Kenya is one we
have been following closely, especially the ongoing preparation by
the opposition, the National Super Alliance (NASA), for the
swearing-in planned in January," said the spokesman.
Dujarric explained that Obasanjo
is a member of the secretary-general’s high-level
"It’s in that context the secretary-general
asked former president Obasanjo ... to visit
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was inaugurated
in November 2017, after a September election was
ordered to re-run and which he won in October.
The opposition candidate, Raila Odinga then said
he would have his own swearing-in, backed by NASA.
That planned "inauguration" to take place at
the end of this month, prompted the
secretary-general to ask Obasanjo to intervene,
since the former president was known to be
friendly to Kenyatta and Odinga, according to
"It’s important that Kenyans continue to uphold
the 2010 Constitution and that the opposition carry
their political activities within the confines of
the law," the UN spokesman said.
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
National Super Alliance (NASA) People’s Assembly
organizing Committee Chair David Ndii addresses
journalists at Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi,
capital of Kenya. David Ndii nsisted that plans for
the swearing in of Kenya’s Opposition leader Raila
Odinga on January 30 as the People’s President are
XINHUA PHOTO - JOHN OKOYO
"We would like to stress the importance of Kenyans to work together,
strengthen governance, advance inclusive development and uphold
human rights and the rule of law."