US congratulates Uhuru and Ruto
The United States has congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto on their inauguration for a second term as well as Kenyans for conclusion of the electoral process.
The US, however, expressed concern over the political tensions in the country, urging for immediate and open dialogue as part of the process to cool down rising political temperatures occasioned by the recent election.
“Even as we look forward to strengthening and renewing the bilateral partnership in the years ahead, we are deeply concerned by the ongoing political tensions in Kenya. We urge security forces to refrain from the use of unnecessary force against citizens exercising their democratic rights,” read part of the statement from US State Department.
“As part of the process of addressing these tensions and strengthening institutions, we urge Kenyans to join together to hold an immediate, sustained, and open national conversation to heal divisions between communities. We encourage all Kenyans to come together at this critical moment and to work together peacefully and uphold the constitution.”
Further, the US pledged to continue working with all Kenyans committed to building democracy, advancing prosperity, and strengthening security.
President Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto were sworn in for a second term on Tuesday, November 28 at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani in an event graced by thousands of Kenyans and foreign dignitaries.
From Kasarani, the President retreated to State House Nairobi where he hosted a luncheon for a host of foreign and local dignitaries as well as ordinary Kenyans. Among those at State House were nine heads of State, two prime ministers and two vice presidents.
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