President Uhuru Kenyatta has finally reacted to two separate attacks believed to be assassination attempts on Zimbabwean President Emerson Mnangagwa and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
The Zimbabwe’s President survived one of the blasts at a ruling Zanu-PF party rally on Saturday, while one of his vice-presidents and two other party officials were wounded.
President Kenyatta condemned the incidences and offered his message of goodwill to the President and the people of Zimbabwe.
He termed the attack as an affront on democracy by misguided elements out to subvert the free will of the peace-loving people of the Southern Africa nation.
“As a long-standing friend of Zimbabwe, Kenya sends its message of goodwill to President Emerson Mnangagwa and the people of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and urges restraint during the campaign and electioneering period because political competition should not fracture Zimbabweans but should be a measure to deepen their democratic credentials,” read Uhuru’s statement in part.
The President further warned against the use of premeditated violence as a tool for political canvassing.
“As I condemn the attack unreservedly, I also call against the use of violence as a tool for intimidating citizens from exercising their political choices,” Uhuru added.
He further sent his condolences to the Ethiopian Prime Minister after an attempt to hurl a grenade at Abiy in Addis Ababa. Several people were killed in the attack.
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President Kenyatta termed the attack as ‘cowardly and outrageous’ assuring that Kenya stood with Ethiopia during this time.
“We stand with you, Prime Minister, and the people of Ethiopia against these cowardly people. We will never bow to those who carry out these heinous acts,” President Kenyatta added.
The President further noted that the character of our two nations is bound by a timeless bond of friendship that the perverse ideologues of extremist networks can never break.
President Kenyatta urged Prime Minister Abiy to continue the task of uniting the Ethiopian people, ensuring the stability of the country and sustained the growth of its economy.
A senior Ethiopian police officer has since been arrested since the attack.
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