Raila tells off Western governments
SEE ALSO :Uhuru's tax gamble that enraged KenyansThis comes in the wake of reports that the United States is pilling pressure on the opposition leader to abandon his planned swearing in, saying it is unconstitutional. On Tuesday December 5, US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto met Raila Odinga and pushed for dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta. “The United States also urges Opposition leaders to work within Kenya’s laws to pursue the reforms they seek and to avoid extra constitutional actions such as the proposed ‘inauguration ceremony’ on December 12,” the US embassy said in a statement. The opposition chief has however maintained a hard line, telling the western envoys ‘the will of the people cannot be stopped." He criticised Western diplomats for not talking about police killings in the violent protests that have followed the August 8 and October 26 elections.
"Western countries should, therefore, keep off the affairs of the country as Kenyan problems will only be solved by Kenyans themselves,” the opposition chief added. Raila also claimed 215 people have died in the post-poll clashes but the government has remained tight lipped about it. He said the affected families deserved apologies and compensation. He urged his supporters to continue advocating electoral justice. "We don't recognise the swearing-in that took place because it was based on an election that we also don't recognize,” he said.
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