US Reacts to Raila's Swearing-in

  • The United States Government on Thursday reacted to the swearing-in of NASA leader Raila Odinga as the People's President.

    In a statement, the United States Department explained that it was gravely concerned by Odinga's swearing-in adding that it only recognizes President Uhuru Kenyatta as the legitimate Head of State.

    "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," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert stated.

    Nauert noted that complaints regarding the Supreme Court decision should be addressed through appropriate legal channels.

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    These remarks widen the rift with Kenya's Opposition as Odinga had warned US against interfering with the plans to swear him in.

    He stated that the US and other countries that have cautioned against the plan should know that the 'will of people cannot be stopped.

    The Trump-led government further addressed the media shutdown which it noted restricted and intimidated the media.

    "Freedom of expression, including for members of the media, is essential to democracy and is enshrined in Kenya's Constitution," Nauert stated.

    US lauded the Kenya Police Service for its conduct on the day of the inauguration of the former Prime Minister.

    "We commend the restraint shown by security forces and urge them to continue to refrain from any unnecessary or excessive use of force.

    "Any arrests and prosecutions must be made in full accordance with the rule of law and demonstrate transparent due process." the statement read.

    President Trump recommended a national dialogue for the sake of cohesion and addressing issues arising from the prolonged electioneering period.

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    "The United States 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 endeavor," the statement read.

    Kenyans were also urged to shun violence and hatred, but they highlighted that demonstrators have the right to gather and express their views freely.

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