AU calls for calm in Kenya


The Chairperson of the Africa Union Commission has asked Kenyans to exercise restraint and not over heat the already tensed political atmosphere that greeted the Kenyan elections in 2017.

In a statement issued on 2nd of  February, Moussa Faki Mahamat said  that the Au is closely monitoring the  political situation in Kenya and is concerned about the National Super Alliance’s swearing in of  Raila Odinga was “sworn-in” as the “people’s President of Kenya”.

He said that an African Union Election Observer Mission led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki observed the elections and its results were validated by the Kenyan Supreme Court.

“Against this backdrop, and in line with its relevant instruments, notably the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the African Union rejects all actions that undermine constitutional order and the rule of law.

“The Chairperson urges all concerned to desist from any such actions, which also put the political stability of Kenya at risk. He urges all stakeholders to act in strict compliance with the Constitution of Kenya and other relevant texts,” the statement said.

Opposition leader, Raila Odinga and incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta went into presidential polls which Kenyatta won according to the elections body, IEBC.

The Supreme Court in a landmark ruling annulled the elections after NASA proved that the process was not clean. But NASA withdrew from a scheduled rerun in October. Kenyatta won that vote by a landslide despite low turnout.