UK, US lead international community in calling for dialogue to end protests in Kenya

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On Tue, 18 Jul, 2023 14:00 | < 1 min read
UK, US lead international community in calling for dialogue to end protests in Kenya
Photo collage of British High Commissioner to Kenya Neil Wigan(right) and US High Commissioner to Kenya Margaret 'Meg' Whitman(left). PHOTO/US/UK Embassy

The international community has called for dialogue to end enduring protests against taxes hikes and the rising cost of living.

In a joint statement on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, the Heads of Missions in Kenya say aggrieved parties should embrace peaceful measures in seeking solutions to prevent more loss of lives and destruction of property.

Led by the UK, and the US, the ambassadors further said they are “saddened and concerned” about the continued use of force and violence by police against protesters noting it is unfortunate that public picketings have now turned deadly.

"We are saddened by the loss of life and concerned by the high levels of violence, including the use of live rounds and the destruction of property, during the recent demonstrations. We recognise the daily hardship faced by many Kenyans and urge all parties to table their concerns through meaningful dialogue and resolve their differences peacefully to build the nation together, ensuring no further loss of life," part of the statement read.

The ambassadors from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Ukraine, and Switzerland say they are willing to help mediate the government and the opposition.

"We stand ready to support the parties in their efforts to find constructive and peaceful solutions."

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