Western envoys urge Kenya opposition to acknowledge Kenyatta

NAIROBI, Kenya — Eleven western envoys, including individuals from the United States and Britain, urged Kenya’s opposition leader Sunday to acknowledge President Uhuru Kenyatta as the country’s legitimately elected leader.

The diplomats stated Raila Odinga demands to settle for Kenyatta’s presidency “as the foundation for the dialogue that it (the opposition) and numerous Kenyans want.”

“We are deeply anxious by current political developments in Kenya. The two the govt and the opposition have taken actions that have undermined Kenya’s establishments, and driven wedges between its citizen,” the envoys stated in a statement.

Odinga held a mock inauguration Jan. 29 in which he was sworn in as the “people’s president.” The federal government reacted by shutting down some broadcasters and arresting some members.