Western diplomats have signaled a growing insecurity in Kenya prior to the presidential election re-run, which has been boycotted by the main opposition.
The 20 envoys from western countries emphasized that inflammatory rhetoric and attacks on the election commission made it harder to hold a legitimate and peaceful election.
Raila Odinga, an opposition leader, has vowed to disrupt Thursday’s voting with a mass protest held in the capital city of Kenya.
He urged key reforms to happen within the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) before the election re-run taking place.
Thus far, about 70 people have been killed in violence since the IEBC declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of elections on 8 August.
However, the Supreme Court of Appeal annulled his victory, saying the poll was marred by irregularities and illegalities.
The foreign envoys were very concerned about the harsh political climate in East Africa’s biggest economy.
“It is easier to tear down than to build up. But it is dangerous, and it must stop,” United States ambassador Bob Godec said in a statement on behalf of the 20 diplomats.
Last week, a senior member of the IEBC fled to the US after receiving a death threat from unknown.
Roselyn Akombe stressed the commission has been under political siege and cannot reach consensus or take any decisions.
More details to follow. Image 1 of crowd gathering in Kenya from Aljazeera