National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga has told off foreign envoys who have been asking him to recognize Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto as the duly elected president and deputy president.
Speaking on Sunday 11th Langata where he had gone to visit and give donations to victims of the Kijiji fire tragedy, the NASA leader told the diplomats led by UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey and US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec to keep off Kenyan politics.
According to Odinga, the diplomats are only interested in furthering their countries’ agenda but not the democracy.
“The colonial era is long gone and we will not allow any form of neo-colonialism. The diplomats are only interested in their business interests. They don’t care about democracy. Kenyans have not dictated to the UK, US, or Germany who their president or prime minister should be. So they should not tell us who we should recognize or not. We are an independent country and our problems will be solved by us the Kenyan people, What they can do is just to observe,” said Odinga.
In a joint statement, eleven diplomats urged the National Super Alliance to first recognize Kenyatta and Ruto as the duly elected leaders as a starting point for dialogue to end the political turmoil in the country.
They termed the ‘swearing in’ of Odinga as the ‘People’s President’ as a violation of the Kenyan Constitution, and also criticized the government crackdown on opposition leaders.
“A father of multi-party democracy has made unsubstantiated claims about elections and unilaterally sworn himself as “President”, in deliberate disregard of the Constitution for which he so proudly fought,” read part of the statement.
“The Opposition must accept the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the election of October 26. Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are the legitimate President and Deputy President of Kenya. The Opposition needs to accept this as the basis for the dialogue that it and many Kenyans want. Stoking and threatening violence is not acceptable, nor are extra-Constitutional measures to seize power.”
They urged the Government to protect democratic institutions and adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law at all times, highlighting the need to comply fully with court orders as well as protect the freedom of expression, freedom of the media, and all civil rights.