US government concerned with eruption of violence in Kenya after repeat presidential election

US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec during one year anniversary celebration of the first women's entrepreneurship center in Kenya at the Wecreate-Kenya Centre in Nairobi on November 17, 2016. Photo/ Jack Owuor

The Unites States Government has expressed concern with eruption of violence in some parts of the country since the repeat Presidential election.

In a statement by the US Embassy in Nairobi, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said reports of violence are deeply disturbing.

He called on the political class to exercise restrain when issuing statements that could further stoke the acrimony reported in some parts if the country.

“The United Stated is profoundly concerned by the outbreaks of violence in Kenya following the October 26 election.

Leaders and politicians should clearly and publicly reject violence and work to keep the peace and make every effort to ensure their supporters do as well,” said Godec in the statement.

Since Friday, Kawangware area in Nairobi has been a hotbed of violence as NASA and Jubilee supporters clashed.

Property worth millions of shillings has been destroyed in the area.

The US Ambassador also said they are concerned by use of excessive force by police to quell tension.

Four people are reported to have been killed by gunshots from police on Thursday last week in Kisumu as they quelled protest against repeat polls.

Godec said the security apparatus have a duty to show “maximum restraint in the use of force “.

He said investigations should be conducted on such allegations of use of excessive force and citizens should also be allowed to picket because it is their constitutional right.

“We urge that all such allegations be fully investigated and any officer who have acted outside the law be held to account.”

The envoy called for calmness and peace saying “we urge all Kenyans to come together at this critical moment to reject the politics of hatred and division.”

Further, he said “we again urge that there be an immediate, sustained, open and transparent national dialogue involving all Kenyans to resolve the deep divisions that the electoral process has exacerbated.”