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The US government and the African Union (AU) have expressed concerns over the violent protests witnessed in Kenya, leading to the loss of life, damage to property, and economic disruption.
In a statement, AU Chairperson Moussa Faki called for dialogue between President Ruto and Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga, saying both parties should prioritize national unity and reconciliation.
“We recall the successful conduct of General Elections in August 2022 in Kenya and the subsequent unanimous confirmation of the election outcome by the Supreme Court,” Faki said.
He added, “We reiterate our solidarity with and support for the Government and the People of Kenya’s efforts working towards national unity, peace, and stability in the country.”
The US, through the Principal Deputy Spokesperson for the Department of State Vedant Patel, regretted the loss of life and urged opposition leaders and protestors to refrain from violence and rhetoric that could incite violence. He also urged government security forces to act with restraint.
Patel noted that the rights to freedom of expression and association, and the right of peaceful assembly, are core tenets of democracy.
“Countries that protect these fundamental freedoms and support an open, inclusive, and empowered civil society are more stable and prosperous. Kenya benefits from having an active and vibrant civil society,” Patel said.
During the opposition demonstrations on Monday, one person was shot dead and several others injured as protestors engaged security officers in running battles.
The demonstrations were declared illegal and banned by the police, leading to clashes between security forces and protesters.
The opposition has vowed to hold peaceful protests every Monday and Thursday to compel President Ruto’s administration to lower the cost of living, among other demands.
U.S and African Union, What happened to the rule of law?
On January 6 why didn't Joe Bidden hold a conversation with the opposition leader, Trump or is it just in Africa that you must call for such talks?
Kenya should follow the rule of law this time and let the chips fall where they may.
Kenya is tired of being told by outsiders ( foreigners) to do what they do not do in their own countries, accommodate political criminals.
The Kenya government should hold its position.
If not, why should anyone follow any law in Kenya? Why should Raila be allowed to hold Kenya for Ransome. Everyone should just demonstrate and cause chaos so they can be accommodated by this government.
If that one Luo community is allowed to follow their own laws, all other communities should do the same.
Each community demonstrate,cause chaos and demand that they follow their own laws, languages, religion and culture.
Raila has done this before and gotten NUSU mkate but times have changed.
This time, Raila will do the same and foreigners will join hands with him but the results will be different.
It's time for revelation and restoration.
When Raila is allowed to break Kenyan's law and not follow the Supreme Court decision, then Kenya will definitely follow God's law and not man's law. We are almost there. The change is on the horizon.
Let us watch this space.
US selected Ruto for Kenya, ignoring the plight of common wananchi,only concerned with its interests. Ruto is corruptible while Raila belongs to the Magufuli school of thought which makes Westerners uncomfortable. The thought that Africans can think for themselves and self-govern is unacceptable.So Ruto it was.
USA and AU should be talking to RAILA.
He is the one causing chaos, with both him and Uhuru sponsoring.