•Principal Secretary foreign affairs ministry Macharia Kamau said Kenya still recognizes the Sahrawi republic as an independent state.
Foreign Affairs Ministry has broken its silence on the Kenyan stand on the state of the country's recognition of Sahrawi republic as an independent state.
In a letter seen by the Star, dated September 16, and addressed to all head of mission and all heads of directorate, Principal Secretary foreign affairs ministry Macharia Kamau said Kenya still recognizes the Sahrawi republic as an independent state.
"Kenya's position on the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is fully aligned with the decision of the organization of African Unity (OAU) to admit for the unquestionable and inalienable right of a people to self determination," an internal note verbale that has been denounced by Foreign Affairs Ministry stated.
"Further, the country aligns itself with decision of subsequent AU Assemblies of Heads of State and Government on SADR."
The internal note further disclosed that Kenya aligns itself with UN security council resolution 690 (1991) that calls for the self determination of Western Sahara through a free and fair referendum administered by the UN and AU.
"It should equally be noted that Kenya does not conduct its foreign policy on Twitter or any other social media platforms, rather through official government documents and frameworks," the letter further said.
PS Kamau's communique comes barely a week after Ruto tweeted that Kenya has rescinded its decision to recognize Sahrawi as an independent state.
The tweet, which has since been deleted, further indicated that processes had been initiated to remove the entity's presence in Nairobi.
The move elicited massive reactions among Kenyans with opinion shapers terming it as "disastrous" since it was done without the approval of the cabinet.
The note by the foreign affairs ministry is the first official communication from the government to be made public since Ruto tweeted the revocation.
But in apparent confirmation of the Kenyan stand, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua confirmed on KTN News that Kenya's position correlates with that of the AU