NASA leader Raila Odinga has slammed foreign envoys and faulted their attempts to convince the opposition to accept President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto as the legitimate leaders of the country. Speaking on Sunday after visiting Kijiji fire victims in Lang’ata, Raila slammed the stand taken by the foreign envoys, saying Kenyans will solve their own problems, “We want to tell them in clear terms that Kenya is an independent country and Kenyan problems will be resolved by the Kenyan people, for them, they can only be observers,” he reiterated.
Eleven envoys led by US ambassador Bob Godec and British High Commissioner Nic Hailey urged the opposition to agree with the court’s decision to uphold the October 26th election results and that Uhuru Kenyatta is the legitimate President. In a statement, they said the opposition needs to accept this as the basis for a dialogue that many Kenyans want. They also said that stoking and threatening violence is not acceptable, nor are extra-constitutional measures to seize power. “Kenyans haven’t declared to America who their President is, they haven’t declared to the British who their Prime Minister is, same to Germany,” said Raila, “They should stop affirming to Kenyans who their President is, Kenyans themselves know.” The NASA leader said they don’t need advice from the American ambassador or the British High Commissioner, “They just want to find ways of conducting business in the country and reaping the benefits, they have no focus on democracy,” he said.