6 February 2013

Kenya: Obama - Go to the Courts Not the Streets

US President Barack Obama yesterday made a passionate plea to Kenyans not to engage in violence during and after the forth coming March Presidential elections.

In his online video address, Obama asked those aggrieved by the results of the election to go to court instead of using the streets to express their displeasure.

"We all know what makes for successful elections. Kenya must reject intimidation and violence, and allow a free and fair vote. Kenyans must resolve disputes in the courts, not in the streets. Above all, the people of Kenya must come together, before and after the election, to carry on the work of building your country," he said.

Obama also said that his government has not endorsed any individuals for any office including the presidency saying that the US will support an election that "is peaceful and reflects the will of the people".

He said Kenyans have worked hard to rebuild the country after the 2007/08 poll violence.

"Now, Kenya must take the next step in March, with the first national elections under your new constitution. This election can be another milestone toward a truly democratic Kenya defined by the rule of law and strong institutions," he said.

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