Godec backs NASA’s Supreme Court move, urges fairness

The United States government has backed NASA following its decision to challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win at the Supreme Court.

Raila Odinga said on Wednesday that they will now go to court to seek redress over issues it raised with IEBC over the August 8 poll.

Ambassador Robert Godec said in a statement that they look forward to the court resolving the queries in light of NASA’s evidence.

United States, as a long-time friend, continues to follow closely Kenya’s
presidential election process. This is the constitutional avenue to address disputes,” he said on Thursday, adding they are disappointed people died after results were declared.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights said 24 people have been killed across the country in cases of police brutality since the election.

But police said they have only recorded six deaths related to the post-election protests.

Godec reminded Kenyans of their constitutional right to
protest peacefully adding this should be respected by security services.

“Let police sent out to calm opposition protests avoid using excessive force and to
protect lives and property,” he said. “Let the protesters also remain peaceful and abide by the law.”

The ambassador further demanded that the government immediately reverses the NGOs Coordination Board’s action against AfriCOG.

The agency’s offices were raided on Wednesday following orders from board executive director Fazul Mahamed. The order was later revoked.

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Acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i gave the agency a 90-day review period within which he said the government will advise further action.

“We welcome the decision by the Kenyan government to
reverse this action and urge that the reversal be fully implemented
immediately,” Godec said.

He further stressed the importance of allowing civil societies to operate independently, transparently and
free from harassment by the government.

“All Kenyans have the responsibility to work to bring their
country together, reject violence
and embrace the rule of law.”

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