European Union election monitors say Kenya’s presidential poll has weakened the country’s democracy in a critical report that triggered an angry government response.
EU chief observer Marietje Schaake, a Dutch member of the European parliament says Kenyans went from high hopes to the election to many disappointments and confrontations and that the country remains deeply divided.
The report was scathing in its criticism and, unusually, was launched in Brussels, rather than in the country where the election was held.
Schaake says Kenyan authorities were “not prepared” to receive her and her team for the launch.
But in a quick rejoinder, Kenya’s ambassador to Belgium and the EU, Johnson Weru, has accused Schaake of issuing the report ahead of schedule and of “contemptuous political grandstanding”.
The report found “the electoral process was damaged by political leaders attacking independent institutions and by a lack of dialogue between the two sides, with escalating disputes and violence.
The report has listed 29 recommendations including legal and electoral reforms, strengthening of the election commission and improved technology that could pave the way for better elections in 2022.