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Us Issues A Statement On The Current Political Situation in Kenya

The United States has expressed concern over the current political standoff in Kenya ahead of the upcoming repeat Presidential poll.

In a statement to local media, the US criticized the concerted efforts by political leaders seeking to stifle the efforts of the electoral urgency to conduct a free, fair and credible election.

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“Unfortunately, in recent weeks actors on all sides have undermined the electoral commission and stoked tensions. We are closely monitoring Kenya’s electoral process and what politicians are saying and doing,” read part of the statement by US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert as seen by The Nation.

The US affirmed it supports freedom of speech,but warned on baseless attacks and unrealistic demands on the electoral body.

In its communication,the US was clear that it supports a free, fair and credible electoral exercise under the current electoral laws and commission.

The tough talk by the US comes just a day after a joint parliamentary committee formed by the Senate and National Assembly concluded public hearing on the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill.

The contentious bill sponsored by the Government seeks to reduce the powers of the IEBC  as well as that of the chair.

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On the other hand,the opposition coalition have been pushing for their ‘irreducible minimum’ demands and have resorted to demonstrations in a bid to achieve their agenda.

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