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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,11TH FEB 2018-Foreign envoys among them Robert Godec of the United States of America and United Kingdom High Commissioner Nic Hailey have urged the Opposition National Supper Alliance (NASA) to respect and recognize President Kenyatta’s government.
In a statement on Sunday ,the envoys totaling to eleven also wants the opposition to follow laid down legal ways in raising their grievances.
“The Opposition must accept the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the election of October 26. Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are the legitimate President and Deputy President of Kenya,” they said in a joint statement.
“The Opposition needs to accept this as the basis for the dialogue that it and many Kenyans want,” the envoys added.
They expressed concern over the escalation of tension by the political class while calling for restraint.
The diplomats condemned the self-proclaimed inauguration of NASA leader Raila Odinga as the People’s President on January 30 terming it as a “deliberate disregard of the Constitution.”
“Stoking and threatening violence is not acceptable, nor are extra-Constitutional measures to seize power,” the diplomats pointed out.
The envoys equally condemned the move by the government to deliberately choose to disobey court orders in the case on the self-styled general of the National Resistance Movement Miguna Miguna who was expelled from the country on Tuesday night, and a weeklong shutdown of four television channels.
“We strongly urge the government to comply fully with court orders and follow legal process in appealing or contesting them,” the statement read.
Activist Okiya Omtatah had unsuccessfully attempted to serve the Communication Authority of Kenya with orders directing the reopening of television channels shut on January 30, orders he obtained on February 2.
The four channels remained off-air until Tuesday when NTV and KTNNEWS signals were restored.
Citizen and Inooro televisions were allowed back to the airwaves on Thursday.
The diplomats also condemned the violation of rights of arrested persons saying due process must be followed.
Police chiefs, who have been accused of disregarding court orders have recently defended themselves terming the allegations as a distortion of facts.
On Friday, National Police Service Inspector General Joseph Boinnet and Directorate of Criminal Investigations chief George Kinoti denied being in contempt of court by failing to produce Miguna before a Nairobi court as ordered earlier in the week.
Reacting to the statement issued by the diplomats Odinga accused the envoys of being hypocritical while asking them to keep off Kenya’s affairs.
“We are telling them in no uncertain terms, that Kenyan problems will be resolved by Kenyans themselves, they can only be observers,” he said when he visited victims of a recent fire tragedy in Langata.
“They have no regard for democracy in our country; they are only interested in pursuing business avenues that will exploit our people but benefit their respective countries and economies,” Odinga Affirmed .