FORMER US Secretary of State John Kerry has apologised to Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga for urging him to concede defeat yet the total tally was arrived at through a flawed process. And Kerry has told Uhuru Kenyatta to stop the denigration, vilification and unmitigated intimidation of the judiciary. Kerry and former Prime Minister of Senegal Aminata Touré co-led the Carter Center’s election observation mission in Kenya.
Kenya’s Electoral Commission has announced that the country’s new presidential elections will take place on October 17, after the country’s Supreme Court overturned the result of last month’s poll that declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner.
Kerry, however, still maintains that quelling, identification and voting at the polling stations were largely smooth and peaceful.
“I still maintain my previous position that the queuing, identification and voting at the polling stations were largely smooth and peaceful. On behalf of the Carter Center, we really viewed this as a success in its entirety. However, I want to sincerely apologize for not being keen with the results tallying and transmission to the national tallying center. Specifically, I want to unreservedly apologize to Hon. Raila Odinga, the NASA candidate for severally urging him to concede defeat yet the total tally was arrived at through a flawed process,”
he told the BBC.
“I also want to thank him for adhering to the rule of law by seeking a legal redress of that contentious matter. You have really proved to the world that the election was a sham just as you promised for that is what defines a democrat and statesmanship. To the staunch supporters of Mr Odinga, thank you for showing resilience and restraint in the face of an injustice. That is the trajectory that other African countries must follow.”
And Kerry urged Kenyatta to stop intimidating the judiciary but thanked him for accepting the decision of the Supreme Court.
“…It ruled in your favour in 2013 and you hailed its decision, therefore it cannot be that today it rules in your opponent’s favor and it suddenly turns to be a court led by thugs,” said Kerry.