AU responds to demos in Kenya following Nothlands invasion

The African Union (AU) has expressed its concern following the ongoing protests in Kenya that started on March 20.

In a press release Tuesday, AU Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat called on Kenyans to shun invading private properties.

“..exercise calm and engage in dialogue to address any differences that may exist in the supreme interest of national unity and reconciliation,” said Mahamat.

The release touches on Northlands, a private property in Nairobi’s Ruai which is linked to the first family of the late President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

Northlands City Estate was set ablaze after a group of youth made away with an unknown number of livestock.

Immediate former President Uhuru Kenyatta supported opposition leader Raila Odinga in the last General Election in which the electoral body, IEBC declared William Ruto the winner.

Odinga, the Azimio La Umoja – One Kenya coalition leader has since maintained a hardline against the government and called for bi-weekly demos, Mondays and Thursdays.

He is pushing Ruto to open the IEBC server which he says, will prove that he beat him hands down with over 2.5 million votes.

He is also pushing the state to lower the cost of living, which has gripped millions of Kenyans against the backdrop of runaway inflation.

On a year-to-year basis, inflation in Kenya hit a record 9.2 percent in four months to February 2023.

AU urged Odinga to respect the verdict by the Supreme Court which upheld Ruto’s win in a petition filed by Azimio.

“Chairperson recall the successful conduct of General Elections in August 2022 in Kenya and the subsequent unanimous confirmation of the election outcome by the Supreme Court.”

The union reiterated the total solidarity with and support to the Government and the People of Kenya’s efforts working towards national unity, peace and stability in the country.

Lawrence Baraza

Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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