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U.S Condemns Odinga’s Inauguration As Kenya’s President

The United States’ Government has condemned the self-“inauguration” on Tuesday as Kenya’s ‘People’s President’ by Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga declaring that President Uhuru Kenyatta was validly elected as the President of the country in accordance with Kenya’s constitution.

The U.S. Department of State, in a statement issued by Ms Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson, said: “We reject actions that undermine Kenya’s Constitution and the rule of law,” she wrote.

“Uhuru Kenyatta was elected as President of the Republic of Kenya on October 26, 2017, in a poll that was upheld by Kenya’s Supreme Court.

“Grievances must be resolved through appropriate legal mechanisms.”

The U.S however, commended the restraint shown by security forces and urged them to continue to refrain from any unnecessary or excessive use of force saying any arrests and prosecutions must be made in full accordance with the rule of law and demonstrate transparent due process.

“We urge all Kenyans to reject violence and hatred. Protesters have a right to assemble peacefully, to express their views freely, and to hold opinions without interference,” the statement continued.

“We are also deeply concerned by the Government’s action to shut down, intimidate, and restrict the media.

“Freedom of expression, including for members of the media, is essential to democracy and is enshrined in Kenya’s Constitution.

“We again urge Kenyan leaders and citizens to begin a national conversation to build cohesion and address long-standing issues.

“The U. S. continues to support efforts by religious, business, and civil society leaders to begin this conversation in the near future and calls on everyone to participate in this endeavour.

“The U. S. stands firmly with the people of Kenya; it is only Kenyans who can find a way to resolve their differences and chart the destiny of this great country.”

The U.S. urged the Government and all Kenyans to respect freedom of expression and implement court orders calling for the restoration of television broadcasts.

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