NAIROBI, Kenya: Kenya’s foreign affairs minister today criticized European Union ambassadors in person for what he called an orchestrated attempt to favor a presidential candidate in Kenya’s upcoming elections.
Kenya will hold the election on March 4.
One of the top contenders for president is Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces charges before the International Criminal Court related to postelection violence that killed more than 1,000 people after Kenya’s last presidential election in 2007.
The top U.S. State Department official for Africa, Johnnie Carson, appeared last week to warn Kenyans from voting for Kenyatta, while France and Switzerland said they would have only essential contact with Kenya’s top leadership if Kenyatta wins the presidency.
Foreign Minster Sam Ongeri – a key ally of Kenyatta – today summoned EU ambassadors to relay his displeasure over those statements.