Robin Obino @obinorobin
The United States has expressed concern over rising cases of violence in the country following last week’s repeat presidential election. In a statement sent to newsrooms yesterday, US ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, urged political leaders from both sides to work towards ending the violence that have so far left at least four people dead and scores injured. He, at the same time, called on security agencies to exercise restraint in containing rioters.
“The security services have a special responsibility to show maximum restraint in the use of force and should use it only when there is no other choice to protect life and property.
We are deeply concerned about reports of excessive use of force by the police; we urge that all such allegations be fully investigated and any officers who have acted outside the law be held to account,” the statement read in part.
Separately, the political parties’ liaison committee (PPLC) has asked both Jubilee and the National Super Alliance to stop issuing statements that undermine the peace, stability, and security of Kenyans. “PPLC strongly condemns any threats of violence and injury inflicted to persons, whether by civilians or by the police,” said chairperson Jane Njiru.