No to EU, US observers - Kenyan activist

2013-02-14 09:16

Nairobi - An activist asked a Nairobi court on Wednesday to compel Kenya's polls body not to accredit European or US election observers for the 4 March presidential elections, accusing them of bias.

The activist, Samson Owimba Ojiayo, wants the High Court to issue an order directing Kenya's Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) not to accept representatives from the European Union or United States, saying that they have already taken a stand on the vote.

"It is clear from the position taken by these countries that they will not be impartial in monitoring the election," Ojiayo's lawyer told the courtroom.

The court certified the matter as urgent and the case is to be heard on Monday.

Kenya's foreign minister has accused European diplomats of trying to influence the presidential elections, where a key candidate faces trial for crimes against humanity.

But the EU has denied issuing threats of sanctions against Kenya should one of the presidential candidates, ICC suspect Uhuru Kenyatta, and his running mate William Ruto take power.

Kenya's foreign affairs minister Sam Ongeri on Monday accused foreign diplomats of attempting to interfere with the electoral process in Kenya and questioned the involvement of the EU commission observation group, which was accredited by the IEBC.

Kenya is less than three weeks from a presidential election, the first since the bloody 2007-08 polls that left more than 1 100 people dead and hundreds of thousand displaced.

  • viktorivan.nyirenda - 2013-02-14 09:46

    The EU and USA are the masters of interference be it military and otherwise! No wonder where the US wages war the EU comes in the tow! There is residual traits of collonialism and imperialism in their blood!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-14 10:12

      Since the onset of colonialism, hundreds of years ago, Westerners have carried out a policy of genocide and plunder throughout the world. The NATO alliance comprises these same old tribes of Europe organised under a modern day umbrella.

      bibi.vanzyl - 2013-02-14 20:19

      It is time then to say NO to Western hand outs.

  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-14 10:10

    This they call free and fair interference. Kenya should start by not accepting their money and be poor under their own efforts (or lack thereof) than be well fed and under some foreign domination. “If the US or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or Asia, but when we have elections, they want observers” -Nelson Mandela

  • werner.bambi.1 - 2013-02-14 13:33

    Observe, only a fool will call this interference an observing they want a puppet a domkop in office those EU US terrorists called NATO.

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