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EU Embassies break silence after Raila’s outcry

A day after Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition leader Mr Raila Odinga criticized foreign countries for taking the back seat in the ongoing debate on demonstrations, the European Union countries have issued their stand.

In a joint statement by Embassies and High Commissions in Kenya on the recent violence that was led by the opposition, the embassies agreed with the African Union stand that recognized the final decision of Kenyans in the 2022 election.

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“We agree with the Africa Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson in recalling the successful conduct of the general elections in 2022, and the unanimous confirmation of their results by the Supreme Court,” part of the statement reads.

They have said that the country has rightfully earned a reputation as an anchor of stability, security and democracy in Africa and beyond.

The EU embassies have also expressed their concern following the recent unrest and violence and the destruction of places of worship and private property, saying that the unrest is damaging economic activity during significant financial challenges.

“We recognise the right to peaceful protest under Kenya’s Constitution. All actors also have a responsibility to adhere to the principles of democracy, freedom and the rule of law.”

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At the same time, foreign countries have welcomed the commitment by the Inspector General of Police Mr Japhet Koome to launch an investigation into recent events, including the destruction of private property.

“We, therefore, call on all leaders and all Kenyans to maintain peace, show restraint, and work toward a swift resolution for the common good of Kenya.”

Ambassadors and High Commissioners from Australia, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the US signed the statement.

On Tuesday, Mr Odinga claimed that the representatives of foreign nations in Kenya have been dining with the current administration of President William Ruto.

This comes as the Azimio leaders announce a continued weekly protest that will take place twice; Monday and Thursday.

Mr Odinga and the entire opposition team are pressuring the government to lower the cost of living and to suspend the recruitment of new IEBC commissioners.

Also, Azimio wants the government to open IEBC server.

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