Anyang Nyong'o Met US Officials who Opposed Jubilee move to Amend Electoral Laws
Interesting details emerge
The US noted that it was not in good faith that the ruling party was making amendments to the law days to the fresh presidential election scheduled for October 26, 2017.
“Changing electoral laws without broad agreement just prior to a poll is not consistent with international best practice, increases political tension, and undermines public perceptions of the integrity of the electoral process,” the US said in a statement.
Emerging reports now indicates that Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o was among NASA leaders who influenced the US to make its standing against Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party.
In a report by the Star, Nyongo’ held several meetings in the US with State Department officials and influential US academics, where he pushed the NASA agenda opposing the amendments.
Washington mentioned that it fully supports the fresh presidential election but remains neutral.
The Department Spokesman Heather Nauert indicated: "We remain committed to supporting a free, fair, and credible election that is consistent with Kenya's Constitution, current laws, and institutions, and we do not back any party or candidate".
At the same time, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec told journalists: "We are neutral and have no agenda other than to help ensure the Kenyan people have a successful election. We do not support any party, any candidate, or any outcome. We did not back any politician in the August 8 election, and we will not for this poll either".
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