The United States has sent a congratulatory message to President Uhuru Kenyatta following his his re-election in last week’s general election.
In a statement, the White House Press Office lauded Kenyans for successfully taking part in last Tuesday’s election and upholding peace during the electioneering period.
“We commend the dedication of candidates, officials, and the public to upholding a peaceful, fair, and transparent contest, and we welcome the statements by international and domestic observer missions affirming the credibility of the election,” the statement read.
The US, however, raised concerns with the violent demonstrations witnessed in some parts of the country after the declaration of presidential election results on Friday. US called on those aggrieved with the outcome to seek legal redress.
“We are troubled by reports that some demonstrations have turned violent, and call on all Kenyans to reject violence and resolve disputes in accordance with the Kenyan Constitution and the rule of law.”
“This historic election is an important step forward, and we urge all Kenyans to unite in peace to continue building their country,” the White House implored.
“The United States will continue to partner with Kenya to secure a prosperous and peaceful future for both of our great nations,” President Donald Trump’s administration assured.
The message from US follows that from the United Kingdom congratulating President Kenyatta.
“Tuesday was a historic day for Kenya, with millions of Kenyans turning out to vote in the General Election. The United Kingdom warmly congratulates President Kenyatta on his re-election,” UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s press office quoted him as saying.