The United Nations has suspended all its activities in the country for two weeks ahead of the October 26 Election.
Issuing a statement on Friday, Under-Secretary-General Peter Drennan stated that the global body would temporarily suspend all programmes that were not part of a critical mission to Kenya.
“Upon recent review of the security situation in Kenya, The Designated Official (DO), in consultation with the Security Management Team, has recommended the suspension of all non- programme critical workshops, meetings, seminars, conferences and missions to Kenya at least one week before and one week after the repeat of the presidential election, currently scheduled for 26 October 2017.
I concur with the recommendation of the DO and authorize the suspension of such non-programme critical missions to Kenya for the period 19 October to 02 November 2017,” the statement read in part.
Earlier today, the Government has declared Thursday, October 26th a public holiday.
Acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i gazetted the election day as a holiday to enable Kenyans to participate in the repeat polls.
The announcement comes amid political uncertainty in the country ahead of the polls.
On Wednesday, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati expressed frustration in planning for the repeat polls declaring that he can’t assure a credible election.
Mr Chebukati explained that with the heightened political tension in the country, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga must meet and dialogue before the repeat election.
“Political and economic problems can’t be fixed through elections or legal mechanisms alone. As the referee of this contest, I am extending an open invitation to the candidates to a meeting that I will preside over so they can talk,” he stated.