Council of professionals differ with US statement on election

Council of professionals led by Ababu Namwamba addressing the media in Nairobi. PHOTO: MICHAEL MBUGUA.

Nairobi,KENYA:The Council of professionals has differed with the statement of the United States of America issued during electioneering period , urging the top leadership in the country which includes president Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition chief Raila Odinga to hold talks in a bid to uphold unity in the country after the repeat of elections.

In statement council’s chair Ababu Namwamba said that The US is dishonest on the matter following the fact the electioneering activities are over and there is need for the country to move forward.

They said that there is need for the opposition leader Raila Odinga to accept the defeat following the fact that he did not participate in the repeat of the October 26th presidential elections and the opposition ought to prepare for the 2022 presidential bid..

“We therefore accept the compliments of the United States of America but take an exception to the contradiction and duplicities contained in the November 2017, statement where it called on immediate sustained and open national dialogue to address tensions and strengthening institutions.”Namwamba said

They urged Kenyans to embrace peace and unity and congregation shared by the president and his vision in delivering their agenda based issues.

The group applauded the Inauguration of HE Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto which was attended by Presidents Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Edgar Lungu (Zambia), Ian Khama (Botswana), Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan), Ismaïl Omar Guelleh Muhammed (Djibouti), Ali Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), Hage Geingob (Namibia), Abdullahi Farmajo (Somalia), Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Guinea’s Prime Minister Mamady Youla. President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria was represented at the event by Vice Presiden Yemi Osinbajo.