Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya
October 25, 2017
As long-standing partners, our governments have watched the unfolding developments around Kenya’s fresh presidential election with profound sadness. We had hoped and have repeatedly called for Kenyans to come together to hold a better election in line with the historic order of the Supreme Court on September 1. We are deeply disappointed by the continuing efforts of both parties to interfere with and undermine the independent operation of the electoral commission, the judiciary, and other essential institutions. We condemn the attack on the bodyguard of the Deputy Chief Justice.
We regret that the Supreme Court was unable to hear today’s case that raised important questions regarding the election. We would have preferred that the case be heard before the election. We strongly deplore any attempts to obstruct the judicial process.
The IEBC has, however, announced the election will take place tomorrow. We urge all Kenyans to remain calm, reject violence, and uphold the principles of this country’s remarkable Constitution. Following this election, there must be immediate, sustained, open, and transparent dialogue involving all Kenyans to resolve the deep divisions that the electoral process has exacerbated. Kenya is at risk of losing much of what it has gained since 2008 unless it comes together at this crucial moment to preserve its democracy and fundamental freedoms.
Robert F. Godec
Ambassador of the United States
Stefano A. Dejak
Ambassador of the European Union
Tarja Fernández Ambassador of Finland
Victor Conrad Rønneberg
Ambassador of Norway
Ambassador of the Netherlands
Ambassador of Denmark
High Commissioner for the United Kingdom
Ambassador of Switzerland
Ambassador of Sweden
Ambassador of Germany
High Commissioner for Canada