Foreign envoys urge Kenyans to shun violence ahead of polls

Foreign envoys addressing the press in Nairobi. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Foreign envoys in the country have urged Kenyans to shun violence and respect independent institutions including IEBC as they execute their mandate when the country gears up to the 26th repeat of presidential elections .

In a media briefing in Nairobi led by American ambassador Robert Godec, they said that during this period there is need for Kenyans to uphold the constitution and desist from violating others rights insisting that those who feel that they can vote, they go a head and execute their mandate while those ones who will be demonstrating be given the right to do so .

However, he urged them to shun any form of violence during and after elections to avert anarchy in the country.

They urged IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati to come out clean on whether the commission is capable in holding election or he needs an extension in order to conduct credible elections .

“But whether or not the IEBC is ready ,chairman and the secretariat that is the first place the judgement ought to be made .Am looking on them to make the conclusions whether if they are ready if not they go to court and ask for additional time.” Godec said.

He warned that all eyes globally are focusing on Kenyan polls and those  who will perpetrate violence during this electioneering period will be dealt with.

He reiterated that there is need for the NASA leaders to rethink on their decision of withdrawing from the race.