Former US Secretary of State and one of the observer mission group during the August 8th polls John Kerry has criticized President Uhuru Kenyatta for attacking the Supreme court judges who revoked his presidential victory.
In an opinion piece published in New York Times, Kerry expressed his disappointment on Mr Kenyatta for backtracking from his earlier pledge to respect the Supreme Court verdict,whatever the outcome.
“Initially President Kenyatta spoke about respecting the Courts decision, but sadly in subsequent statements, he attacked the judges as ‘crooks’ and vowed to ‘fix’ the court if re-elected”, read his opinion in part.
The former Massachusetts Senator also called upon all Kenyans,especially the political elites to act responsibly and ensure the upcoming electoral exercise is held smoothly and peacefully.
Kerry further urged President Uhuru to avail the necessary financial resources for the repeat polls and also provide adequate security for the IEBC officials, before, during and after October 17th.
Two weeks ago,Kerry issued a statement on the Supreme court’s decision to revoke Uhuru’s win where he defended its election-monitoring assessments and praised the Supreme Court for “conducting an open and transparent judicial process”.(More on the statement>Here)
John Kerry was among the first observer groups to rubber-stamp the August 8th polls-a decision that was highly criticized by the opposition coalition.