Nic Hailey responds to memorandum sent to foreign envoys from 12 Jubilee MPs

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The UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, has responded to a memorandum sent to him and a number of his fellow overseas envoys from a section of Jubilee MPs which asks the international community not to support interventions to end the current political impasse outside the limits set by the Constitution.

Addressed to representatives of the European Union, its member states, Britain, the United Nations, the United States of America, the African Union and African countries, the letter sent from 12 MPs, asked the envoys not to believe the insinuation that there is going to be a constitutional crisis in Kenya following the Supreme Court ruling.

They claim that the announcement by National Super Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga, who is currently in the UK, that he had withdrawn from the October 26 election was meant to avoid a loss and to cause instability.

“We respectfully ask you, as our international partners, not to be party to this subversion of Kenya’s constitutional order, at the very least.

“However, we wish you went further and called wrong that which is wrong, by demanding that Raila Odinga stop grandstanding and trying to subvert the law to achieve his own personal and selfish political needs.”

Writing in their personal capacities as MPs, they claim the opposition prefers to have the current political uncertainty and confusion.

“In withdrawing and then calling for heightened violent mass protests and then travelling to capitals of devolved countries, Raila Odinga seeks to manipulate the international community into pushing Kenya into discussions on extra-constitutional solutions to the problems that he is deliberately creating, to benefit him.”

The letter also criticised the opposition leader for insisting on “irreducible minimums” for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in order for the re-run of the election to take place.

“In making these demands, Raila Odinga does not seek to reform the electoral process in Kenya. What he seeks is to force administrative changes to the management of the IEBC.”

Responding to a Tweet sent from Kenyan Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, Mr Hailey said: “Thank you. We continue to call on all sides to act in good faith for the common good of all Kenyans. UK supports elections in line with the Constitution and Supreme Court of Kenya.”

“UK Ministers have also called for avoiding changes to electoral legislation at this stage,” he added

Last week, Western envoys expressed concern about the deteriorating political atmosphere and called on leaders and citizens to work together for free, fair, credible, and peaceful poll.