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October 23, 2017

Supreme Court, IEBC should give direction on stalemate - Peter Kenneth

The Supreme Court. /FILE
The Supreme Court. /FILE

Politician Peter Kenneth has asked the Supreme Court and IEBC to give direction on the political stalemate.

Kenneth, who lost the Nairobi Governor race in August, said recent events have brought uncertainty, which is detrimental to stability.

"I appeal to each of us to act reasonably without inciting each other and show great respect to our nationhood and love to our beloved country Kenya," he said in a statement on Thursday.

Kenneth, who ran as an independent candidate, said leaders should resolve the crisis amicably without subjecting Kenyan voters to unnecessary suffering.

"I appeal to both IEBC, The Supreme Court and other Independent bodies to effectively decide and direct on a definite timetable to resolve this impasse urgently," he said.

His sentiments comes hours after Haki Africa called for dialogue among politicians.

"The IEBC, political parties, civil societies, religious leaders and the media must be at the core of this dialogue to unlock the stalemate across the country," a statement to newsrooms read.

Executive director Hussein Khalid said this will play a key role in ensuring Kenyans candidly "talk with each other instead of at each other".

"We call on a neutral actor such as the international community to convene the dialogue and ensure all parties are engaged and brought to the table," Khalid said.

On March 1, Kofi Annan marked nine years since he brokered a deal for peace in Kenya after 2007/8 post-poll violence.

The peace accord signed between retired President Mwai Kibaki and Opposition leader Raila Odinga ended the violence that was sparked by a disputed election.

It saw the birth of the Grand Coalition Government with Kibaki as the President and Raila as the Prime Minister.

Read: Kenya peace deal was toughest to broker, Annan says 9 years after 2007 chaos

Khalid said if something is not done urgently, citizens might suffer.

"We must emerge from this situation a stronger and united nation. The time for national dialogue is now, to save our country," he said.

 

"While we appreciate that ongoing legal and electoral debates are healthy for Kenya's democracy and will help clarify issues, we also feel they are taking a heavy toll on wananchi."

Khalid noted the country is falling behind economically and socially.

He said while IEBC and the Judiciary have tried to respond to various political stands, the electoral process has taken new meaning and has left many not understanding the consequences of such pronouncements.

 

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