Envoys fear polls will condemn Kenya into disarray

NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE West is wary of Kenya descending into chaos in the event of another disputed poll outcome later this month.
Envoys posted in the East African country expressed concern on Monday following a meeting with electoral authorities as they expressed concern about deterioration in political atmosphere.
The diplomats cited the growing list of political demands, inflammatory rhetoric and boycott threats undermining the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC’s) ability to organise a new election.
There are also threats to remove IEBC personnel, weeks before the 26 October poll.
There has also been an upsurge, especially in social media, of hate speech and ethnic profiling as well as attacks on individuals and institutions, such as the judiciary and the IEBC.
“As representatives, we have all seen the importance of foreign investment, trade, and tourism for Kenya’s economic growth, jobs, and security,” the envoys jointly stated.
“If the upcoming election devolves into chaos, the economy, businesses, job-holders, and families – all Kenyans – will pay a heavy price.”
The concerned envoys are from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.
“How Kenyans approach the election and the outcome – regardless of the winner – will have an impact on your country and well beyond,” they pointed out.
Incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta won polls held in August by securing 54,17 percent to Raila Odinga’s 44,94 percent.
Over 20 people are believed to have been killed after supporters clashed with police in opposition strongholds.
In September, the Supreme Court annulled the results citing irregularities.
– CAJ News

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