NAIROBI– Eleven foreign ambassadors accredited to Kenya have called on opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) to recognize the legitimacy of President Uhuru Kenyatta to pave way for dialogue.
The envoys, who described Kenya’s democracy as one that is at the cross roads, also called on President Kenyatta Sunday to uphold the rule of law and stop the purge of the media and the Opposition.
Led by United States Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, the envoys expressed concern at the recent political activities which included the controversial swearing in of Odinga as the “people’s president” and the subsequent purge on the opposition and the media by the State.
In a statement signed by Godec and other envoys from European nations, the diplomats warned NASA against stoking violence or trying to seize power through extra-constitutional means.
While they insist that they will not meddle in Kenya’s internal affairs, the envoys are pushing for an open national conversation to address long-standing issues afflicting the country and at the same time foster national cohesion.
The envoy’s call, coming just days after the government shut down three television stations for televising Odinga’s “swearing-in ceremony”, also referred to the recent controversial deportation of lawyer Miguna Miguna to Canada.
With the ongoing political grandstanding, some politicians in the country has joined the envoys in calling for dialogue. Tharaka Nithi County Governor Muthomi Njuki and Senator Proferssor Kithure Kindiki say it is only talks which will guarantee the country the much needed stability and development.
According to the two leaders, it will be almost impossible to unite the country in the midst of the deep-rooted ethnic divisions and suspicion among Kenyans and their leaders.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK