US Government Reacts to Nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Win
By Marikio Muchiri
The United States has declared that it will support the country as it prepares for a fresh presidential election following the nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win.
In a statement issued by the US and other foreign envoys, US ambassador Robert Godec stated that his government would stand with Kenyans “as they support and reaffirm their democracy, which is an example for Africa and the world.”
He noted that the Supreme Court’s independent review of the 2017 election had demonstrated Kenya’s resilient democracy and commitment to the rule of law.
The envoys observed that Kenyans had expressed patience and showed confidence as the two-week legal case ran its course.
They expressed their trust in Kenya and its citizens asking the electoral institutions to start preparing for the election urging everyone to make the polls free, fair, credible and peaceful.
“All electoral processes can be improved, and we will continue to support Kenya’s institutions in this important work. The transparent legal process and the parties’ respect for the Court’s decision reflect the strength of Kenya’s democracy.
“As friends, we want to deepen our partnership with Kenya as it moves forward in building this great country,” the statement read in part.
On Friday, the court declared the August 8 presidential election null and void following the petition filed by NASA leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.
The judges observed that the polls were faced with massive irregularities which were enough to warrant nullification of Kenyatta’s win.
— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) September 1, 2017