This morning, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey appeared on KTN to discuss the Kenyan election.
Beginning their discussion, Mr Hailey was asked how he had found Kenya in the two years since his appointment, and told host Michael Gitonga that it was one of the “most exciting countries in the world”.
He described Kenya as a “great democracy”, but added that every democracy is a “work in progress”.
Discussing the elections, Mr Hailey said that the UK respects the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and reiterated that it is the only body mandated to conduct elections in Kenya.
He also said that the fact that the “historic” Supreme Court could overturn an election result was a “sign of the strengths of Kenya’s institutions”
International observers have had some criticism following the ruling to nullify the result of the Presidential election and the High Commissioner explained the position of Kenya’s partners, saying: “We follow your constitution and your laws. That’s the only thing your international partners can legitimately do.
“So when the IEBC declared the result of the election on 11th August, it would have seemed very odd if the international partners – the United Kingdom – at that point had said ‘oh, no, no, no we don’t believe it’. The constitution says that the IEBC declares the result of the election and we respect the constitution.”
Mr Hailey went on to say: “Our objective is to make each election better and we will continue investing in the electoral process
“We have no say in how elections run we are absolutely impartial,’ he said, adding: “We want to see the institutions stronger.”
He also advised Kenyan leaders to “play by the rules” and called on the electorate to go out and vote.
You can watch the interview in full below:
Following his appearance, the High Commissioner took to Twitter to thank the host for inviting him onto the show.