Obasanjo, five African ex-presidents seek peaceful election in Kenya
Six former African presidents are seeking a peaceful and fair fresh Kenya Presidential election scheduled for next month. They called on all Kenyans not to do anything that would disturb the peace, before, during and after the re-scheduled election.
The Kenyan electoral body declared Uhuru Kenyatta winner of the country’s Presidential election held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
But his major opponent, Raila Odinga, challenged the result at the Supreme Court, which ruled that the election process was marred with irregularities and ordered for a re-run.
The former Presidents who spoke through a statement are: Chief Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria; John Kufour, Ghana; Gontebanye Mogae, Botswana; Benjamin William Mkapa, Tazania; Mohammed Moncef Marzouki, Tunisia; and Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe, South Africa.
The statement made available through Obasanjo’s media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, in Abeokuta yesterday described the August 8, 2017 election and the subsequent annulment as a watershed in the history of the East African country.
They noted that the events “ordinarily seem innocuous but anybody conversant with the realities on the ground in Kenya would be concerned, hence the need to call for peace in the build-up to the re-run.